1279 coin found at Etton

A coin dating back to 1279 and found on land at Etton is just one of the objects in the newly created Langdyke Museum of Objects.

The museum idea is a project launched this year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Langdyke Countryside Trust.

The Long-Cross penny is most likely a coin of Edward I from 1279 minted in London.  It was found by a Trust volunteer David Rowell while digging on land at High Meadow, Etton and has been given as one of the prize objects in the new collection.

The idea of the museum came from Langdyke trustee David Cowcill and some of the items in it will be included in the Langdyke Stories booklet being published to mark the Trust’s 20th anniversary.

One side of the coin has the wording EDWR -NGL DNS HYB which translates as Edward Rex King of England, Lord of Ireland (Hybernia).  The reverse shows the name of the mint – Civitas London.

The idea of the museum of objects is that members of the Trust donate pictures of items that have left them with treasured memories of Langdyke country – generally revolving around activities on one of the group’s sites.

These will appear – alongside artwork from another major anniversary project – Langdyke Stories.  As part of that project children and adults have taken part in workshops run by artist Kathryn Parsons designed to link the countryside with art.

The book will be launched at the Langdyke annual meeting and Langdyke Stories celebration event on Friday September 13 at Castor Church.