When crossing the River Ure at West Tanfield it's easy to be so captivated by the view that you fail to notice the inscription on the mid-way parapet stone: "Division of the N & W Ridings". It's a reminder that for centuries Yorkshire was divided into 3 Ridings (from the old Norse for 'thirds') and the River Ure here formed the border between the West and North Ridings. ... See MoreSee Less
These coins were deposited as part of the Breckenbrough hoard in 1644. The hoard was buried in connection to the siege of York in that year! The Royalist armies supporting Charles I in the Civil War were besieged by a Parliamentarian army for several months, ultimately falling to their opponents in July 1644 following the Battle of Marston Moor.
The hoard was likely deposited by a royalist supporter as it contained receipts which show that they supplied cheese (yes cheese) to the King's armies, in addition to over 30 gold and 1600 silver coins.
That is was such a large amount of money and was never recovered suggests that it may have been hidden by one of those who lost their lives during the siege or the battle.