Record Details

NHER Number:24560
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:King John's Treasure


In 1963 fragments of gold and silver were found in a borehole dug at a location between Walpole St Peter and Tydd. A Professor at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, related these objects to King John’s Treasure.

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Early 1988 (?). 'In a 30ft borehole between King's Lynn and Wisbech. Fragments of gold and silver'.
Related to King John's Treasure by Professor J. Holt, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.
No details yet known, see (S1).
Objects found to be undatable (S2).
E. Rose (NAU) 7 June 1988 and 1 November 1988.

Press cuttings (S1) and (S2) in file.

In fact this work was carried out in 1963 and was stated to be under a causeway in the reclaimed area of the Wash. (S3) connects this with earlier work which took place between Walpole St Peter and Tydd and may therefore not be in Norfolk.
Copy in file.
E. Rose (NLA) 20 October 1999.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Undated)

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Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1999. Lost treasures of the Fens. 18 December.
<S1>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1988. Find revives mystery of ancient treasure. 20 February.
<S2>Newspaper Article: The Times. 1988. Still lost in the Wash. 31 October.
<S3>Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1999. King John's Treasure…the truth is waiting to be found.

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