A Mudlark’s Treasures, London in Fragments by Ted Sandling

A Mudlark's Treasures: London in Fragments

I read quite a bit of historical fiction set in London. Mudlarks are mentioned quite a bit so I knew it was a name for those treasure seekers along the Thames.

Around the 18th and 19th centuries, there were young boys trying to make a living with the things they found along and in the Thames. Today’s treasure hunters are still there looking for treasures from the past and there are plenty to be found.

,This is the story of one man’s finds. And they are extraordinary! Roman tiles, pottery, coins, pipes and, my favorite, the Frozen Charlotte dolls. Yes they are a bit creepy, but I am fascinated with them.

Looking at the pictures you can almost see the history of London. Who was ruling, who was at war with them? What people wore, common items they used. It’s all a mystery and a treasure hunt.

I loved this little book and passed it along to several historical fiction authors.

Of course here in the USA,we don’t have a river Thames to hunt for treasure, but I was fortunate to live in the south and when my father built his fishing and hunting camp on the banks of the Mississippi, we found out it had been the site of a huge antebellum house which caught fire only weeks after the family moved in. It burned to the ground and was never rebuilt, so with every rain we dug up more treasure. Beautiful pieces of china and pottery. Everyday items and lots of buttons. It instilled in me a lifelong love of treasure hunting.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

5 responses to “A Mudlark’s Treasures, London in Fragments by Ted Sandling”

  1. Reblogged this on Buried Under Books and commented:
    I love the sound of this, having more than a passing interest in the odds and ends of past times. Can’t wait to read it 😄

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  2. Dear Patty,
    where we live was a harbour until the 13th c. Well, not that old but old enough to find old pottery and Spanish and Dutch coins in our garden. Siri 🙂 and 🙂 Selma would love to find a pirate’s treasure but they haven’t been successful yet.
    Tracy Chevalier is praising this book, so we suppose it’s worth reading.
    Thanks & cheers
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  3. I have also come across the term mudlarking in my reads and it always intrigues me. This sounds like a great little book.

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  4. You might like Lara Maiklem’s Mudlarking. It’s by a contemporary mudlarker.


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