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The PeaceHavens Project

https://www.facebook.com/groups/PeaceHavensProject/

 

We go seal hunting for 200 year old Russian flax bale seals - not this cutie pie.

 

Website design, and photos by Ged Dodd - Director of The PeaceHavens Project.

(Updated June 2022 for the Lancaster Maritime Museum)

 

 What is the PeaceHavens Project?. This is an ongoing project involving the finding with metal detectors and the identification of Russian Lead Flax and Hemp Bale Seals and Lead Trading Tokens from the disused Flax Mills at Aked's High Mill, Bentham Mills, Brompton Mills, Folly Ghyll Mill, Kinghorn Mills, Knaresborough Mills, Little Patrick Mill, Penny Bridge Mill, West House Mills and other sites and museums throughout the British Isles. For many decades in the 18th & 19th centuries, Russia was by far the world's greatest exporter of flax and hemp plants via the ports of Archangel, Konigsberg, Kronstadt, Libnau, Memel, Narva, Pernau, Revel, Riga, St Petersburg, Tilsit, Windau and Great Britain was Russia's major customer.

 

  History for the beginnings of the PeaceHavens project .. 
  In the Spring of 2013 Ged Dodd, (Jed Dodd) aka PeaceHavens, was searching on a friend's land a mile away from Bentham flax mill when he
stumbled on an unexpected lead seal which turned out to be an 1826 Russian lead flax bale seal .. another half an hour's search turned up 27 more .. The finds were recorded on uTube but no one could help identify them .. especially as the seals were written in the Cyrillic alphabet .. so .. because Ged had a holiday farm in Bulgaria and he could read Cyrillic he started to make a database of seals from Bentham which now has over 1400 entries and then for other mills in the north of England and Scotland which to date have given us over 7500 entries, and this has enabled him to rewrite the rules on Russian lead flax bale seals of the 18th/19th century. Ged put a page on Facebook offering to translate flax bale seals and for people to join the Project.

   https://www.facebook.com/groups/PeaceHavensProject/  
 The PeaceHavensProject are now the leading authority on the identification of Russian Lead Flax and Hemp Bale Seals with many new, unknown & unique seals being added every day onto the database, and we are rewriting the books. Thanks must be given to the Project team of detectorists who have diligently worked the sites of Aked (Whinny Hill), Bentham, Little Patrick and West House Mills ... Jackie Smith, John Tichen, Johnny StormCrow, Paul Pablo Jackson, Neil Jones, with Andrew and Carol Jones .. and to the many farmers who have welcomed us onto their land.

 

 
  It must be stressed this is an on going project .. and is subject to change with every new piece of information received .. the soft lead seals are notorious for being distorted and damaged .. so every single new find could give that one missing letter needed to get the full picture .. and it does get your name on the historical database. We have 1000's of videos showing every seal found by the PeaceHavens Project members throughout the UK on  http://www.peacehavens.co.uk/BSVIDEOHISTORY.htm
 Some two hundred years ago the seals attached to the bales which were stored in the Customs House on St George's Quay at Lancaster in Lancashire. The Customs House is now the Lancaster Maritime Museum and the seals have returned home.

 

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