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Nothing but the truth.
by Alan Gidlow.

Born of aristocratic parents in Paris, 1779. Fled to Lancashire at the outbreak of the French Revolution -- arrived in this country virtually penniless. Apprenticed in the cotton industry -- ill treated and ran away to sea. Joined an East Indiaman bound for Madras. Jumped ship, falsified his age, took the Queen's farthing and served with the Buffs during the Indian Mutiny. Returned to England -- invalided out of the army at Canterbury and settled in Faversham. Died there at the age of 84 enthusiastically celebrating the wedding of the Prince of Wales.

A tall story? No, just the conclusions drawn from the finding at the same site of the following coins. A Louis XIV one liard piece, a 1792 Rochdale half-penny, a five cash piece issued in 1803 by the East India Company, a 1841 farthing, and a medallion commemorating the wedding in 1863 of Prince Albert Edward and Princess Alexandra.

The coins, which will go to the Faversham museum, were found by Alan Gidlow in Abbey Street, Faversham, where the Group was recovering bricks for use in the restoration work at the Chart Mills.

 
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