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15.02.2021

Ackworth Hoard

The Ackworth treasure was found buried in the garden at Ackworth in 2012 in a pot made locally in Rentthorpe. It consists of 52 gold and 539 silver coins and one gold ring. In March 2012, the West Yorkshire Coroner declared it a treasure and valued it at £54,492. It is the only treasure known from the Wakefield area during the Civil War, and has a special royalist association.

Further support includes £49,000 raised from national funding, £27,000 from the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant and £10,000 from the Headley Trust.

Over £2,500 has also been raised through local fundraising, including a £500 donation from Ackworth Parish Council, and the Council is providing financial support to fund the shortfall needed to reach the £54,500 needed to preserve items for Yorkshire.

Cllr David Dugger, Cabinet Member for Culture, said: "We are very pleased that the" Treasure "is on display at the Pontefract Museum. The items are a real part of the area's rich history, and we are overwhelmed by the fantastic public response to saving the Treasure for Yorkshire.

"The support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and the generous donation from Oakworth Parish Council meant that we could achieve all our aims to preserve the treasure in the county for future generations."

The Ackworth treasure trove was on temporary display at the Pontefract Museum from June through August 2013. 

In October 2012, the Council launched a campaign to raise the funds needed to maintain the Yorkshire Treasure through public funding and appeals for public donations.

The Treasure represents an important period in local and national history. It dates from the Civil War and was probably buried for safe keeping between 1645 and 1646, around the same time as the second siege of Pontefract Castle. The presence of a gold ring on the finger also makes it very unusual, giving it a more homely appearance than most hoards containing only coins. It reads, "When you see this, remember me.

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