I have been following various Mud Larkers including Lara Maiklem for some time now and I was thrilled that she announced her book release for 'Mudlarking' and forthcoming feature on Radio 4's Book of the week. The endpapers above are illustrated by a fellow mud larker called Jonny, from his mud larking diary and are stunning!
Mud Larkers are people who beach comb the tidal line of the Thames in London for treasure . . .
Above: spectacle lenses all found within half a mile of each other.
Below: 19th-century clay pipe bowl
and treasure they find!
Below: a selection of precious and semi-precious beads. Bottom: Horseheads.