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Where is the Treasure?

Mike Wilson, Local Author and Historian

On the last day of 1921, Isaac Walter Clarkson, James Alexander Wrightson and John James Shaw were busy in Kirkgate near the Bayle Gate in the demolition of old houses to improve the approaches to the Priory.

Clarkson struck a white earthenware jar, releasing a hoard of gold coins: 43 guineas and 27 half-guineas (including a spade guinea and spade half-guinea).

At the inquest into the find, Wrightson said he was working with a pick: "I struck the ground and a silver coin rolled out; I struck again and another one came. I began to search and found a quantity – all silver coins."

These coins included five crown pieces, 24 half-crown pieces, 20 one shilling pieces, and 11 sixpences. The coins dated from 1600 to 1796.

A meeting of the town council, the Lords Feoffees and the Augustinian Society wrote to the Exchequer in the hope that the coins could be returned to Bridlington. At a further meeting it was decided that the coins should be bought from the Crown at a cost of £65 to £70.

It was suggested that a set be made available to the council, a further set to the Lords Feoffees and a set to the Augustinian Society. Surplus coins would be sold to collectors.

The finders of the silver coins received £17 14s. 8d. each.

Are these coins still in Bridlington? Does the council have a set somewhere?  What about the Lords Feoffees and the Augustinian Society. Or have these coins disappeared along with a lot of other Bridlington items?