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Ripley Cache

In 1997 this large cache of objects was found concealed in a house in Ripley, Christchurch, inside a bricked up bread oven. The cache includes boots, fragments of leather and wood, a candlestick and a brush. Continue reading

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Reigate Cache

The Reigate Cache was discovered in 1990, concealed in a shop in Bell Street, Reigate. The building is believed to date to between 1400 and 1450. The shop is currently the premises of J.Stoneman and Sons, Funeral Directors and Monumental Stonemasons, who were undertaking a shop refit at the time the concealed objects were discovered. They were found located above the ingle-nook fireplace, between the ground and first floors. Continue reading

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Nether Wallop Cache

The Nether Wallop Cache was found in 1978. The discovery was made as the owners of a property in Nether Wallop, Hampshire, were gutting and renovating their home. The house has a 15th century cruck timber frame and was originally a farm dwelling. Continue reading

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The Reigate Cache

How and where was the Reigate cache discovered? Left: The Reigate doublet in a purpose made mount and a replica now displayed at J. Stoneman and Sons showroom The Reigate cache of two concealed objects was discovered in 1990, in … Continue reading

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The Lawshall Caches

Paula and Barry Harber have found two groups of objects concealed in their home in Lawshall, Suffolk. Their house dates from the early 16th century. The first group of objects, found in 2000, consisted of nails, knives, blades, the corner of a book cover, a dressmaking pin and a shoe blackie. The second group of objects was found in 2001. This cache comprised a pewter button, several pieces of material with hand stitching, a leather shoe, a row of buttons on a coat edge, a wooden patten, and a moulded piece of oak timber beading. Continue reading

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Sue Stanton interviewed about the Reigate Doublet

Sue Stanton is a textile conservator at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. She worked on a doublet that had been found concealed during the final year of her Textile Conservation diploma, at The Textile Conservation Centre, in 1990. The doublet was found by Mr Stoneman in Reigate, Surrey. What follows is a summary of an interview conducted on 5 March 2002, with Sue Stanton. Continue reading

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Interview with Mrs Maynard

Whilst gutting and rebuilding their house 22 years ago, the Maynards found a group of objects concealed in and behind one of the bedroom walls. These comprised a velvet waistcoat, a stomacher and some paper patterns and also a cat skeleton. What follows is a summary of an interview conducted on 4 March 2002, with Mrs Maynard, who discovered the cache, which she has kindly lent to the Winchester Museum. Continue reading

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Interview with Brian Hoggard

Brian Hoggard has conducted independent research into deliberately concealed objects and publishes some of his finding on his website Apotropaios. His first degree is in History, which he studied at University College Worcester. What follows is a summary of a telephone interview conducted on 18 February 2002. Continue reading

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