Centuries-old gold ring unearthed by Kettering man

A ring has been found by metal detectorist David Hutchings, of Kettering, from the Digging Up the Past group, in a field in West Haddon
A ring has been found by metal detectorist David Hutchings, of Kettering, from the Digging Up the Past group, in a field in West Haddon

A ring, believed to be medieval, has been found by Kettering man David Hutchings.

Mr Hutchings, from the Digging Up the Past group, found the item in fields near West Haddon.

Northamptonshire County Council’s finds liaison officer, Julie Cassidy, said it appeared to be a gold finger ring of Medieval date – meaning it has to be dealt with as treasure in accordance with the 1996 Treasure Act.

She added: “The Treasure Act states that there is a legal obligation to report any object over 300 years old and more than 10 per cent gold or silver.

“The next part of the process is for Mr Hutchings to bring the ring into me so I can write a report on it. That report will then be sent onto the Treasure department of The British Museum and the County Coroner. The Coroner will officially declare the ring as Treasure or not in an inquest.

“If a local museum wishes to acquire the ring for their collection, it will be sent to a Valuation Committee who will decide on its current market value.

“This is potentially a very lovely and important find. By reporting all finds to the FLO, detectorists like Mr Hutchings are helping us to advance our knowledge of local history on a daily basis.”