Treasure hunter’s rare finds in West London

Jason Sandy is one of an elite band of just 50 mudlarkers allowed to dig along the Thames.

Rich pickings can be found on Britain’s biggest archaeological site as London is the only capital city in the world blessed with such extreme tides – rising and falling a massive 7 metres – the equivalent of a two storey building.

Which means the flotsam and jetsam lying on the river bed can be buffeted below then washed up and found on the foreshore at low tide centuries later.

These treasures speak to us of times past, so some of Jason’s most precious finds have been snapped up by museums.

Those that haven’t are kept in a cabinet of curiosities at his Chiswick home which you can now see on The Chiswick Calendar website (click the green button below).

Jason will be talking about his finds in our patch of the Thames foreshore at Chiswick Pier on Tuesday 29 January at 7.30pm.

Click here to see Jason’s discoveries on the This Is Chiswick pages