Coins and other metal finds from the site

Many of the coins and other metal finds from the site have now been cleaned and identified. The archive of metal objects includes a range of buttons, buckles and fittings, as well as lumps of worked lead most likely indicating that metalworking took place at the site.

The four silver pennies from the site date as far back as the 12th and 13th centuries and, along with seals from cloth or wool sacks, a lead counter or gaming piece and what appears to be a counterfeit coin, date to a time in the history of the village before Sir Thomas.

Perhaps more importantly for our story of Sir Thomas, we have three French Jeton coins, two of which date from the 14th-15th century which ties in with the time that Sir Thomas spent in France. The third coin is slightly later in date (c.16th century).

A French gilded star spur found at the site also dates to between the 14th and 16th century and may have been a spoil of war brought back by Sir Thomas. In the medieval period a gilded spur would have been buckled on to a man’s heels as part of a formal ceremony of making him a knight and, therefore, spurs became one of the symbols of chivalry with richly gilded or inlaid examples often being commissioned.

The French coins and gilded spur may indicate that Sir Thomas spent time at the Manor House site after Agincourt, as well as at his house in Norwich. Hopefully future excavations at the site will shed further light on this.


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