As we can’t get out on to the foreshore at the moment, we’re sharing some of our #ForeshoreFavourites on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. We’ll do a regular FROG blog round up too, as an archive and for those of you not on social media. Here are our posts from the 16th – 22nd May 2020.

Recommended reads online

We started and ended our week with some recommended reading: the first being a detailed (543 pages!) account of the excavation of parts of the City of London waterfront published by the City of London Archaeological Trust. The full publication can be downloaded for FREE here.

Our second highlighted read of the week was the online gallery from the Museum of London, exploring the Cheapside Hoard, a time-capsule of Elizabethan and early Stuart jewellery discovered in 1912.

Rings from the River


From Monday to Friday of this week we featured discoveries of rings found in the river Thames by exploring the online collections of the Museum of London, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Museum and the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Be they accidental loss, deliberate deposition or maybe an attempt to hide evidence of a burglary, there are some beautiful and fascinating examples to discover! If you click on the links below, it will take you to the information from the different repositories. The image above is of the final example from the list below – a medieval merchant’s ring found by John Higginbotham, photographed by Nick Stevens, and uploaded to our Flickr account here.

- A late medieval gold finger-ring with an image of St George said to have been found in the Thames.

- Gold mid-15th century posy ring found on the foreshore at Bankside.

- Post-medieval gold finger ring

- A 15th century gold ring found ‘under London Bridge’ in c 1720 and converted to a signet ring with the addition of the castle engraving during the 18th century.

- Late 8th / early 9th century silver ring found at Chelsea in 1856.

- Medieval merchant’s ring