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April - Bonnie and Richard

In April, we went Mudlarking on the north foreshore of the Thames in London near the Millennium Bridge. This was a guided tour lead by a licensed guide as you now need a license to Mudlark. It was really fascinating to see what you could find washed up on the shore - from bits of clay pipes to Tudor or Medieval pottery. We also found oyster shells from which buttons had been cut. Mudlarking was a profession in times gone by when children would salvage coal or other supplies dropped from boats. Now it's become so popular that the activity has to be controlled as too much damage is being done to the foreshore. We were allowed to pick up objects but could not take them away. A memorable day and one we had looked forward to for some time.
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