Where to find gold in the UK
Gold can and has been found in the UK for many many centuries. This can be verified due to the vast amount of gold to be found in the royal collections as well some recent treasure trove finds – a 12 year old boy with a metal detector found a 16th century pendant valued at 2.5 million British pounds- that detector paid for itself!!! Undoubtedly, gold will exist in many rivers, creeks and hard rock areas that have simply never been prospected before. If you live near a river system i would recommend learning the basics of gold panning, understanding where to find gold in a river and getting a gold panning kit so that you can test the gravels within the river system. It is best that you practice gold panning with some Paydirt at home before you venture out into your area.
Although some of the gold in the British museums would have been, ahem, acquired by the empire ;), the land itself does hold a lot of gold deposits, many of the artefacts within the British museums have been tested and have been found to have been crafted from locally found gold. As you can see from the image to the left, gold has been recovered in all parts of the UK – England, Scotland and Wales, below i will try to break them down into regional localities.
Where to find gold in England
In England gold has been found in :
The Lake District – Mungrisdale, Dunmail Raise and Blencathra Mountain are reputed to be good spots and traces have also been found in Troutbeck and Sedbergh.
The Northern Pennines – a wealth of minerals, including gold has beed found here. Nenthead and the River Swale have both had reports of gold finds.
The Forest of Dean – In 1906 there were reports of gold being found near Wigpool in the Forest of Dean. Apparently there is still gold in the ground to be found.
Camborne & Falmouth, Cornwall – a gold mine has been opened in the area recently, no doubt the surrounding river will contains alluvial gold.
Parys Mountain – it is believed to contain more than six and a half million tonnes of copper, lead and zinc, with small amounts of silver and gold – not enough gold to make a mining operation viable, but definitely enough gold to make a prospectors time worthwhile.
Please note that these places have been found to produce large mounts of alluvial gold (river gold), other gold bearing localities are undoubtedly waiting to be discovered. It would also be very likely that many gold producing sites existed throughout history in England but have been forgotten over time, their exact locations may not have been passed on to future generations – this is a very common occurrence all over the world and usually happens when a prospector does not want to reveal his or her gold producing location, if you ever find a decent site, you’ll understand this secrecy :).
Metal Detecting in England
Metal detecting is a more common practice in England than standard gold prospecting, this is due to the UKs rich history of invaders, plunderers and pilferers, all of whom would have had vast amounts of silver and gold in tow as it was the currency that was used at the time. It is easier to find many ounces of gold or silver coins with a metal detector than it is to prospect yourself, why go to the trouble of digging up rivers beds when some poor soul has done the work for you, probably thousands of years ago and with a whip at his back :).
These metal detecting finds are usually of Roman or Anglo-Saxon lineage and mainly consist of gold and silver coins, these will usually be purchased from the finder by UK museums and can sometimes simply be kept by the finder and sold to the highest bidder.
In 2013, an amateur metal detectorist found £100,000 worth of gold coins on his FIRST TRIP with a basic metal detector worth just 135£ –
“Wesley Carrington was using the most basic metal detector when 20 minutes into his first foray he found 55 gold solidus dating back more than 1,600 years.
He had begun his search in woodlands near St Albans, Herts.
Mr Carrington said “I just thought I would give it a go. I would say after about 20 minutes it beeped. I found a coin that was gold-coloured, with a Roman figure on it.”
Days later he returned to the Berkhampstead shop where he had purchased his £135 metal detector and showed them his haul.
At an inquest in Hatfield yesterday, coroner Edward Thomas declared the find as a treasure trove and passed the matter to the British Museum to put an estimate on the items.
The value of the hoard, believed to be more than £100,000, will then be split between Mr Carrington and the landowner.” Not bad for his first trip
In January of 2015 Paul Coleman found 1 million pound sterling worth of silver coins on a metal detecting trip –
“A hard-up metal detector fan told today how he found an amazing £1million hoard of coins.
Paul Coleman, 59, whose bank accounts are
all in the red, almost stayed at home because he could not afford to fill up his car with petrol to go on the dig.
But hours later he ,unearthed more than 5,000 Anglo-Saxon silver coins – one of the biggest finds ever made in Britain.
Experts believe the hoard may have been buried after the Battle of Hastings to protect it from the Norman invaders.
Jobless Paul will split the money from his find with the landowner farmer.
He made the discovery just before Christmas and his present to wife Christine, 53, was a pledge to buy a new house.”
Due to the rich history of England and the UK in general, i would imagine that rich hoardes of silver and gold could be found in almost any location on the island. Silver and gold would have been buried by Lords all the way down to Peasants in an effort to preserve their wealth in the face of oncoming invaders, with the intention of digging their stash back up when the invaders have either left or passed through. Many of these hoarders would have been killed by the invaders or forced to move with them, hence the reason why the stash is stilll lying buried in the ground, waiting for the familiar beep beep beep of a metal detector.
Personally, if i were to find a stash of silver or gold like the ones mentioned above, i wouldn’t sell it just yet, after reading this page you’ll probably agree with me – Why prospect for Gold?
Where to find gold in Wales
Gold in Wales has been found at Angelsea,Pembrokeshire, Dollacothi & Dollgelau , as with the paragraph above, please refer to either of these two pages to continue your journey in gold prospecting – basic information & tools.
Where to find gold in Scotland