The Publications of the Surtees Society

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012 - 378 strán (strany)
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: BUCKINGHAMSHIRE. From J. Collins To The Rev. Dr. Stukeley, Queen Square, London.?H. F. St. J. Newport Pagnel, 30 Sept., 1753. Revd. Sir, A great number of that emperor's (Carausius) coins was fonnd near that place (Amersham), about two years ago, as Mr. Drake was making a large sheet of water which covers 40 acres, but moat of 'em are in the hands of the lord of the manor. The workmen, as they were digging, laid open a curious burial place, in form of a minced pye, built with flints, several bodys found therein, some with ear-rings, all dropt to dust soon after they were exposed to the air. Near to that place I discovered a Roman pavement, and took up several square bricks, about an inch square, out of the margin of the pavement, of divers colours. Mr. Drake has been acquainted with it, and said he durst not open it till a proper opportunity, for fear the workmen's shovels dammage it, and nothing has been done since. ' The people here have a notion that Carausius was slain near this place, in a ffield oalld Caversfield, about 4 miles from Newport. Revd. Sir, your most devoted faithful Servant, J. Collins.J. Collins To Rev. Dr. Stukeley.?H. F. St. J. '' Amersham, in the hundred of Burnham. The manor was given by William the Conqueror to Geffrey de Mundeville, which descended from him to the noble family of Stafford, among others. After the attainder of Ed. Stafford, Duke of Buckingham, King Henry VHI. granted it to Sir John KusscI, anceator of the Duke of Bedford. In 1665 it was purchased by Sir William Drake, knt. The family of Drake had been settled in the parish for some time. Sbardeloes, the seat of Mr. Drake, stands about a mile from the town, and formerly belonged to the Brudenells, collateral ancestors of the Earl of Cardigan. The gardens were...

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