Ewerby Civil War Hoard
The year was 1643 and the English Civil War was raging with battles being fought by Royalists and Parliamentarian’s around the country. King Charles I was fighting to retail control while Parliament was doing it’s best to remove him from power. Citizens of Britain were called to fight for their chosen side and many lives were lost. Most towns throughout the land still bear the scars of this war and it has without doubt shaped the nation we live in this very day.
King Charles I needed loyal supporters in order to be able to continue resisting and there was one sure way for him to get this, money. Silver and gold coins and lots of them. All available silver was called in and melted down to be made in to coinage to pay his allies, supporters and troops.
Much of this wealth would have been concealed by it’s owners while the war raged, the safest way to do this was to bury it in the ground to then retrieve once the fighting had passed.
The Ewerby Hoard consists of some 1200 silver coins contained within a jug buried in rural Lincolnshire. As such, it is the largest hoard of its kind ever to be found in Lincolnshire and one of the largest in the country. Buried in a ceramic jug, it’s find spot was close to several known Civil War battle sites and it was not recovered by its unlucky owner.