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Bomb in the garden

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By julien

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We have all found things in the garden, but this is a fantastic and hilarious story, I had just started working for this dear old lady and I had only been there a few weeks when I unearthed this bomb, she lived on the edge of a small Derbyshire village. It was a lovely crisp cold spring morning and my task was to dig out a bed of old neglected roses, she came out gave me a cuppa and then said Julien I have to go into town and will be back at lunchtime, but little did she know what would be waiting for her on her return, I waved her off and proceeded with my work, having lifted a few of the roses I started on the back ones which sat at the base of a very old but well cared for Hawthorn hedge, I swung the mattock into the heavy clay, after a few swings suddenly clunk then again clunk, I got my fork and prodded it down, clunk again, what could it of been I thought,so with a spade I dug down ,it soon became apparent that there was a large rusted box down there, after some time it eventually came out, it was some size too, once I got my breath back I picked it up, shook it around and could hear things rattling around in there, my heart was racing at what was inside the box, the clasp was fitted with a rusted up padlock and old wire, I got the fork and whacked,hacked at the stubborn padlock, then it was off, the shear joy at opening that box was incredible, inside, no treasure but lots of bullets, gun cartridges, a gun and yes a bomb, a mortar bomb which I placed on the driveway, I went to a neighbour and told her to inform the police, and yes the place was swarming with them and the bomb squad, and when she came down her little lane her face was a picture, what’s going on winding her window down she said, the police just said your gardener has discovered a bomb in the rose bed, it was a priceless moment, I actually thought it would make news at ten, but alas just a tiny paragraph in the evening paper. The bomb squad took it away and did a controlled explosion, have any of you found anything exciting in your garden?

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Great story Julien...thank goodness you were safe! Sounds like you gave your best shot at exploding into a thousand pieces! ;)

2 Nov, 2019

 

It would be amazing if any of us found anything as exciting as that Julien ... glad you weren’t hurt.

2 Nov, 2019

 

The only thing of interest I found was an old Victorian medicine bottle. Until my house was built in 1960, the land had been a field

2 Nov, 2019

 

I'm glad the bomb disposal squad disposed of the bomb safely. The garden owner must have had a shock !

I haven't found anything like that but in the previous garden I dug up some old clay pipes that someone must have smoked there many years ago. One of them had a face carved on the front of it.

3 Nov, 2019

 

Julie, very interesting blog! Quite an exciting experience for you, although quite terrifying at the same time I expect!
I’ve never found anything interesting in our garden, despite Hull being bombed quite heavily during WW2! Plus, our houses are built on the old timber dock.
Only found old door lintels, lots of wood and nothing of real interest...

3 Nov, 2019

 

My niece is the headmistress of a very large secondary school near Edinburgh. A member of the history department found a bomb in a bag in a cupboard in the history department. My niece had to call the health and safety officer in the school who called the police who called the bomb squad. She had to get all the kids out of the school and ask round other schools in the area if they would take some children each. It was poring with rain and the bomb squad are stationed in Dundee. As you can imagine it was not dangerous just something a former member of staff had brought in to show the kids while learning about the two world wars.
You can understand the laughter involved as she relayed this story to us and the horror she felt when she remembered she had left her designer bag in her office which could have been blown up at any moment.

3 Nov, 2019

 

Sorry Julien, apologies for the ‘ Julie’. Should’ve spellchecked.

3 Nov, 2019

 

just bits of clay pipes, a few jaw bones [sheep], horseshoes and Victorian plate bits. The land belonged to the Georgian vicarage and it had a small foal yard and kennels.
though the village has a Viking heritage and I had hoped for a gold torque or too.

3 Nov, 2019

 

Thanks for reply’s that’s a great story Linda, It was twenty five years ago that I dug the bomb up, and i was told I was very fortunate it did not go off, the lady had no idea it was there, it always makes me smile when I think back to it.

3 Nov, 2019

 

You must have the horrors still when remembering how you banged at the box!
All I've ever dug up here is a few stones...
I did lose my wedding ring in one garden. I know just where it is - under the rhubarb patch - but failed to find it.Treasure trove for somebody someday!

3 Nov, 2019

 

In digging out for a pond in my garden I found a St. Joseph’s statue. Well....I guess it worked!

3 Nov, 2019

 

Nothing exciting here either. Too far across the Fens for King John's treasure to have fallen in my garden - shame!

4 Nov, 2019

 

Wow.. that's amazing .. and very well-written !

10 Nov, 2019

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