A Hunton Bridge resident is uncovering lost long artefacts across Abbots Langley and beyond to get an insight into the village’s history.
Rob Braban, who grew up in the village has taken up metal detecting in the local area uncovering hidden gems from times past.
Speaking to AbbotsNews about why he started the hobby, Rob said it came from growing up around his grandparents and their house which was filled with history.
He said: “It’s born out of a sheer passion for all things historic, from a young age my grandparents were telling stories about stuff.
“Living around here, which is probably one of the most historic areas in the world, as there has been so much footfall through the home counties in the last three millennials.”
Discussing some of the artefacts he has discovered, Rob said his favourite aspect of metal detecting is discovering items which allow you to “walk in the footsteps of our ancestors”.
He said: “As part of a boyhood dream, I had wished to find a sword and I fulfilled part of the dream when I found a 16th century cross guard of a dagger.
“This is a piece of history which is likely to date from the English Civil War, it could of very likely been used by a royalist soldier.”
Rob added that anyone interested in taking up the hobby must ensure they obtain the right permissions.
He said: “Research is key, there are a lot of regulations and laws to follow as every piece of land in the UK is owned by someone.”
Rob concluded: “I hope people enjoy seeing the history, for it is a glimpse in a to all of our past. I also hope to be able to share more with you in the future. Please contact me here – RobertBraban@outlook.com with any queries you may have.”
Government guidance on metal detecting is available at: www.gov.uk/guidance/guidance-on-searching-for-archaeological-finds-in-england-during-covid-19