Tragic tale behind 18th century ring found in a Shropshire field

The tragic story behind a beautiful ring discovered in a field in Shropshire has been revealed by metal detectorist Tony Baker.

Mr Baker found the gold ring while out metal detecting in a field near Bridgnorth in 2005. Inscribed on the ring were the names Mary and Sarah Littleton and the date June 7, 1735.

He did his own research and discovered that the ring, which has a rock crystal, was made by Thomas Littleton in memory of his wife Mary and their child Sarah, who had died in childbirth.

Mr Baker, 66, will tell the tale of the ring on ITV’s Britain’s Secret Treasures on an episode due to be screened on October 31.

Tragic tale behind 18th century ring found in a Shropshire field

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South Shropshire gold ring declared ‘treasure’

A coroner has ruled that a 1,500-year-old gold ring found by a metal detectorist is treasure. It was found in south Shropshire in August.

Peter Reavill, finds liaison officer for the county, said Shropshire Museums would like to buy the ring.

Experts at the British Museum said the ring, which weighs 8.21g (0.3oz), is 93% gold.

Their report said it probably dated from the early medieval period, the beginning of the Dark Ages after the end of the Roman occupation of Britain.

South Shropshire gold ring declared ‘treasure’