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Old African bracelet found on farm

Brooke Farm service user, Michelle Cain, left, with the old bracelet that she unearthed whilst tending the tomato crop at the Linby farm pictured with Day Care officer, Janet Wilkinson, centre, and NCC's community archaeologist Emily Gillott.

Brooke Farm service user, Michelle Cain, left, with the old bracelet that she unearthed whilst tending the tomato crop at the Linby farm pictured with Day Care officer, Janet Wilkinson, centre, and NCC's community archaeologist Emily Gillott.

An antique bronze bracelet that is suspected to have originated from Africa has been found on Linby farmland owned by Nottinghamshire County Council.

The ornate bracelet was found by Michelle Cain who is a service user of Brooke Farm, which is run by the council and offers training and employment to people with disabilities.

It was found when a greenhouse used for growing tomatoes was being trenched for new crops.

Archaeologists from the council and Nottingham University Museum have inspected the find and suspect it dates from the Victorian period and may be of African origin.

Emily Gillott, community archaeologist from the council, said: “It’s a mystery how such an exotic item found its way to Linby, but it could be a souvenir from someone doing the grand tour in the 19th century.

“How it got to be buried at the farm we will never know.”

Janet Wilkinson, a day service officer, was with Michelle when she found the bracelet.

She said: “We were really excited, we could tell it was old, cleaned away the soil and saw the detail on the bracelet.”

Brooke Farm is a commercial enterprise growing vegetables and plants for sale to the general public.

The farm shop offers a range of home-grown produce for sale including, free range eggs, seasonal vegetables, salad and fruit, flowers and plants along with locally-sourced products such as bread, milk, preserves, pickles, cakes and biscuits.

Produce grown at Brooke farm is sold at the farm shop in Main Street, Linby.

It is open Monday to Thursday 8am to 3.45pm, Friday 8am to 3.15pm and Saturday 8am to 3pm.

For further information on the shop call 0115 963 2638.

 

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