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Welcome to the West Kent Detector Club

Welcome to the West Kent Detector Club.


WKDC.co.uk is an information hub about Metal Detecting.
As well as keep you informed with all the Club News.

Since the early days of the WKDC the club (formed in late 1978/early 1979 by two enthusiastic metal detectorists, Stephen Johnston and John Williams), has expanded and grown, in terms of members & activities! The club can be found at events around Kent, Surrey & Sussex displaying finds & educating the public as well as offering a recovery service for unfortunates who have mislaid metallic objects. In 2007, some members of the West Kent Detector Club even appeared on Channel 4’s ‘Time Team‘!

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Search Sunday 19th March

A  good turn out for the search, about twelve club members and the weather was kind for us again. Not many finds in the paddock areas but the large south east field produced a number of Victorian coins musket balls and artefacts.


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Chairman Joe

Membership renewal

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Volunteers for committee required. It’s your club……..



Chairman/treasurer Joe.

The Surrey Gold Ring

The day was Sunday 19th February a pleasant day, the temperature about eight degrees the ground was quite wet due to recent rains but all in all a good day for search. I went through the gate then trudged through the gateway, thick sloshy mud, then I started detecting. Unfortunately this field was quite contaminated with green waste, I continued my search up the hill until I came to a small triangular arable ploughed field was not much more than an acre in size, the grass was quite long and there were the remains of the previous crop likely rapeseed.

My metal detector was set on deep mode with discrimination off, so lots of headphone chatter and slow sweeps. I was about third of the way into the field when an ID of 10 came on the display, next I swept at right angles and received an ID of 12, possible ring pull or coin. I switched my detector to triple tone mode and swept again this time a ping in the headphones but no ID displayed, next I tried depth mode, it showed to be about 20 centimetres down. Now it was pondering time, dig or not to dig that was the question!

I decided to dig. I dug up a large plug of turf and soil and looked in the hole. Dead centre of the hole was a small glint of gold. Carefully picking up the object I discovered it was a gold ring. Securing the ring safely in my finds bag and taking a grid reference, I lifted my detector in the air and did the gold dance, unfortunately or fortunately no one noticed! I continued my search in the field, it was quite productive, but alas, no more gold.

The ring it’s self is a plain round ring about two centimetres in diameter, less than a gram in weight with no hallmark, my research suggest it could be medieval or as late as the 1700’s.


Waterproof footwear

I received this email via the website and thought it might be of interest.

From: Malcolm Harris <sales@thedrybootcompany.com>

Subject: Waterproof footwear


Message Body:

With your permission, I would like to send you details of our own brand, Harris Dryboot – a waterproof, washable lace up boot, which has proved to be very popular with metal detecting and archaeological clubs.    We do not believe in cold calling but we would like to bring the boot to your attention.   If you could provide your email address, I will send (one-off contact) a small ‘flyer’.   Full details of the Dryboot can be seen on our website at:   www.thedrybootcompany.com

Thank you.

With kind regards,

Malcolm Harris, The Dryboot Company