Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Cartwheel penny 1797 found at Soggibottom

This is a cartwheel penny, found under our door when the cottage was rebuilt in the 70's. The penny is dated 1797.
This very penny came back into the cottage 2 days ago.
Large and heavy, I can't imagine saving many of these in an old sock.
You would have had to have a huge piggy bank.

The paper work we have about the cottage dates back to 1668.
At the time it was a main road. That's the single track bridge in the picture we still cross to get here. You can just see the cottage in the bottom right of the picture.

An ideal place for a Smithy and we understand that is why the cottage was built.
From the amount of horse shoes and nails we still find in the garden maybe we could re- start the business.

Over the years the cottage had another house built onto the side of it. It was removed in the late 1960's as it began to be unsafe.
This is a picture taken about 1900.

Soggibottom cottage is still there. That is our chimney in the middle of the picture.
The house had at some point been made into two cottages and at one time a family of 13 lived here.
The spring is still here and now we have gas and electricity and running mains water.
Before anyone asks.......

The downhill slide for the cottage took a few years. It became one building again.
Made into a store and builders yard.

Until the builder decided to turn it back into two cottages once more.
Finished cottages 1970.
We know it took 30 tons of sand to re render the outside. Most of the original features, oak lintels over the windows were taken out by order of the council. AWWWWWW!
How times have changed, now they wouldn't be allowed to have taken them out.

I feel I must now edit this slightly as one kind soul out there has noticed that we had the date on the penny wrong. I have amended the date to the date that is on the penny.... 1797......

Next posting how it is today.


Anonymous said...

Midge, that coin is fantastic! I don't know if I ever told you about my dad's coin collection, nothing spectacular, but we always enjoyed finding coins from different times and places.

What an amazing find. And how generous that the previous owners gave it to you. Lucky lady. Keep it safe!

I am loving your cottage entries, it's so exciting to find out about the history of people, places, and even individual buildings. Fantastic. I have said you live in a beautiful place, but to know at least part of the history of your own home is pretty darn neat if I do say so myself.

Well, you know I could ramble on! Haha. Perhaps we'll continue a conversation about this later. *Mwah* to you and the rest!


Unknown said...

I'm at present writing a magazine article about Cartwheel Pennies (and 2d's). Here's as odd fact: they remained in circulation until well into Victoria's reign, popularly known as "omnibus money" because everyone got rid of them by using them to pay bus fares.
By the way, the date on yours is 1799 - the year they were first minted. Cheers. Ed

Michele said...
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Michele said...

Sorry of your magazines might have had their information wrong.....the date on the penny is 1797......thanks again for all the interesting facts though.

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