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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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At our evening meeting on 15th July, some fourteen of us sat down for a chat which turned into an impromptu teach in on the subject of mudlarking – searching the Thames foreshore – which area, apparently, is a right of way.

Several of our most recent recruits are experienced in this field – in addition to stalwarts, Ken and Gill. You need a licence to scrape to a depth of three inches only, and something akin to a Masonic initiation to give you access to deeper levels. Andy – hope I’ve got the name correct – searches eyes only and without scraping. He passed round three of his finds (just happened to have them with him – and why not?).

Cufflinks commemorating Admiral Duncan’s defeat of the Dutch fleet in 1797 thereby thwarting a possible invasion by the Dutch and French forces. Until Andy found these nobody was aware of their existence. They do not bear the date of the battle as you were only entitled to them if you were there, and therefore probably wouldn’t forget when it happened.

A very nice Venetian glass bead and  jetton were also passed around.

All three were in excellent condition because the mud is an excellent preservative and mainly free of any agents that will contaminate them. I’m sure Andy would be happy to show you his treasures when next you meet.

Please let me know if any of the above facts are incorrect, Andy, or whoever you are!

Should you be interested: check out thamesdiscovery.org for a public event on 18th September 2016 at Tower Bridge beach.

Also: ornc.org for a similar event at Greenwich on 6th August 2016. I did this one a couple of years ago and found it very informative.

Both offer an opportunity to go upon the foreshore.

Good signals and sights.


Chairman Joe.


This article (left click on image to enlarge) was published in a 1996 issue of Eureka – the club’s hard copy magazine published prior to the advent of this website.

It caught my eye not only from the interest point of view but also because the swan (?) image looked familiar. Something tells me I have seen it, or something very similar, on a button – not one of my finds.


On another subject: I think it was last year that we searched at Nags Hall Farm – on the A25 east of Godstone. Land where point-to-point races are held.

There was a good turnout and some reasonable stuff was found. I have tried to arrange another visit but unfortunately have been unable to contact the owner. It’s a mystery why he has not at least responded.


Don’t forget that, thanks to Mac’s research, we have another guest speaker on 20th May so please make the effort to attend. And don’t forget to wear your name badge. I will bring more for those of you who have yet to be “pinned”.

Chairman Joe.

Friday Evening Meeting – 15th April, 2016

Thank you to everyone who turned up on Friday to hear Gordon Bailey talk about his finds.

Gordon’s talk was very informative and we all enjoyed finding out about some of his more interesting objects and the research he has undertaken to discover what they are.

We look forward to welcoming Gordon back again in the future for further interesting talks.

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Brighton Marathon

Hi everyone, as a fairly new member not sure if this is the way to send a message to everyone but on April 17th I shall be putting myself through the ordeal of running in the Brighton marathon (26.2 miles)

I am running on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support and would very grateful if anyone would like to sponsor me via the ‘justgiving’ link…..that way all the money goes straight to the charity……if you would like to sponsor me you can do so by clicking on the following link and hit the donate button


You may have to type the link in on your computer to access it…….many thanks


PS….I hope there’s not a dig that I’m missing that weekend !!


AGM – Friday 18th March, 2016

We had a good turn out of members to the AGM on Friday evening and several new members joined the club for the first time.


We elected our Officers and Committee for the coming year and presented our trophies. Congratulations to Alan who won both the Any Sites Artefact and Any sites Coin Trophies for his Roman silver snake ring and his gold stater.

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