What is Beeston Tor, what was found there and who found it?
Beeston Tor is a limestone cliff located in Staffordshire, overlooking the River Hamps and River Manifold, famous for its caves and very popular among rock climbers. The hoard, consisting of Anglo-Saxon coins and jewelry, was discovered in 1924 by Rev. George H Wilson. Most of the coins were of Burgred (King of Mercia 852-888 CE) and Alfred the Great (King of Wessex 849-899 CE), which dated the hoards deposition to circa 875 CE, perhaps associating its concealment with the purpose of protecting it from the Viking army wintering at nearby Repton in 873/4 CE.
Wilson wrote about his findings on Some Caves and Crags of Peakland and Cave Hunting Holidays in Peakland, which contain sections on the famous discoveries he made at Beeston Tor. Specifically, a large gold finger ring and two silver brooches. Other interesting items discovered there include two plain copper alloy wire finger-rings, along with various fragments and strap ends. [Read more…] about The Beeston Tor Hoard