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Beohrtel's Ton

Mike Wilson, Local Author and Historian

During Anglo-Saxon times, there was only a small settlement here instead of a town. Bridlington was known as Beohrtel's ton - the farm belonging to Beohrtel. Nearby was Sewerby - which has a Viking name meaning Siward's farm or village.

During 2009, this finial of a copper-alloy pin was found in a ploughed field in Bridlington. It is in very fine condition, and weighs 3.15 grams, and is 27.69mm in length. From the 6th-9th century AD, the pin comprises a ribbed collar and discoid head decorated on both faces with rows of ring-and-dot motifs.

Reference: cf. Webster, L & Backhouse, J. The Making of England. Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900, London, 1991, p.85 fig.66k.