Beach Activities, Beach Metal Detecting, Beach Metal Detecting Finds, Coins Galore, Half Crown, Metal Detecting at Blackpool, Outdoor Recreation, Pre-decimal coins, Silver Sixpences, South Pier Blackpool
Greetings my friends.
The gusting wind was so disruptive the other night that many obstacles, mostly broken branches and wheely bins, were scattered across lawns and pavements and needed careful avoidance, as I took out my little dog Sam, for his early morning walk. The wind was still very strong but not too cold and I couldn’t keep my mind from wandering to thoughts about Blackpool beach, rough sea’s and churned up sand (and finds!).
Low water was at high noon and as it was only 5-00am, I had plenty of time to get ready and drink my usual 3 or 4 cups of tea. I eventually set off about 9 o’clock and as the traffic was light, I was passing the recently closed Blackpool International Airport, in only 30 minutes. Five or so minutes after that, I pulled up at my usual parking space, opposite south pier and as I opened the door, the wind nearly ripped it from my hand.
Despite the noise of the wind (which was almost gale-force again), I could hear the roar of the sea, even though it was low water and still about three hundred yards away. I knew as I hit the beach itself, away from any buildings or other shelter, I would feel the full force of the wind and oh boy, was it intense!
Walking across the prom, there wasn’t anyone else in sight and all the candy floss and burger stalls were closed against the wind. The beach looked like it had also been abandoned and indeed, looking north and south, there was no-one in sight here either. I’ve never seen Blackpool this deserted before, it was eerie, as if the town had been evacuated overnight.
As I descended the steps, the sea had deposited lots more pebbles at the bottom (many more than last time) and some sand had been moved around too, so I decided to start right there. I found an old penny straight away, followed by two modern coins and for the next few hours, my finds pouch continued to quickly fill up with various goodies. There was no doubt in my mind, I’d certainly found a “hot spot”.
By now it was low water but the on-shore wind was preventing the tide going out as it should have, in fact, the water was still hitting the sea wall around the pier area, although there was sand showing further along, as one looked north.
The size of the area which was producing coins was only about 30 meters long by 20 meters wide and as I came up to those limited boundaries, the finds dried up pretty darn quick. I tried further out on the sand, where another bed of pebbles had been exposed and I found pre-decimal coins here too – a three penny piece and a couple more pennies soon joined the happy throng in my finds pouch! One fact and a pleasant surprise, there was almost no trash; no pull-tabs, no foil and no bottle tops etc., the only trash items were some bits of copper, one piece of aluminium and a couple of lead items.
Here’s a list of my finds for the day:
Pennies (17), two pence piece (7), latest issue of the five pence piece (4), older issue of the large five pence piece (3), ten pence piece (8), twenty pence piece (6), one pound coin (6).
One penny piece (12), three pence piece (1), silver sixpences (2) two-shilling piece or florin (1), half-crown (1). By the way folks, the florin and the half-crown were not silver.
Suspender belt buttons (9), dessert spoon (1), table knife (1), dart (1), ammo shells (2), watch cog-wheel (1), lead bullet (1), copper and lead items (several) and an american quarter-dollar (1).
A grand total of 68 coins and the total amount of modern spending money was £8.31.
As one’s probably noticed, nearly all the finds had been in the sand for a long time, stirred up and moved around/gathered together in this small area, by the action of the sea. This phenomenon is most likely related to the currents, beach topography (including the sea defences) and the density/weight of the items. Interesting stuff (besides which, I’ve been promising my wife a new cutlery set for ages lol)!
Anyhow, my next trip will probably be to Lytham St. Annes as this week, the tide times are totally wrong for Blackpool proper. At least here, the top of the beach will still have a nice strip of sand to detect. Until then my friends, take care :)