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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Wealthy landowner’s gold mourning ring found in south Norfolk by metal sleuth

A ring belonging to a wealthy 16th- century Londoner and former Sheriff of Norfolk, who owned the land where Buckingham Palace now stands, has been found in a south Norfolk field.

The discovery of the 7g, 24 carat gold mourning ring, belonging to Hugh Audley, was made by John Reed, of Tibenham, while out with his metal detector in December.

It was recorded as treasure trove by coroner Jacqueline Lake at an inquest in Norwich yesterday.

Mr Reed, who only started metal detecting last summer, said the clear inscriptions on the ring made it easy to research its history.

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