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Will’s World: The search for Peate’s farming gold and different legends

Common readers of this column can have gathered by now that I’ve a spectacularly vivid creativeness. I’ve at all times adored any form of fiction, particularly of the journey selection, and a Nineteen Eighties childhood undoubtedly fuelled my fascination.

It was the golden decade of youngsters’s films, in any case, with Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Again to the Future and The Goonies all agency favourites then – and now.

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In regards to the creator

Will Evans

Farmers Weekly Opinion author

Will Evans farms beef cattle and arable crops throughout 200ha close to Wrexham in North Wales in partnership together with his spouse and oldsters.

On the uncommon events today once I get to decide on what’s on TV within the Evans family, it’s often a kind of that I’m going for. What can I say? I’ve at all times been a little bit of an enormous child, I suppose.

Tall tales

Of all of the yarns and myths I’ve absorbed and loved over time, one stands out above all others.

I didn’t examine it in a bestselling ebook, although, or see it in a much-loved film, and also you positively gained’t have heard of it. 

No, like the perfect tales, this one was handed down by phrase of mouth from the earlier technology. Now I’ve handed on The Legend of Invoice Peate’s Gold to my kids too.

Invoice Peate was a First World Warfare veteran, and the final of a number of generations of his household to have farmed right here. He died in 1949 and my grandparents then took on the tenancy.

In his declining years he’d ended up dwelling in only one room of the home, and the place had gone to rack and break.

Nevertheless, a hearsay endured that he had cash. Some huge cash. However nobody ever came upon the place it went, therefore the legend.

I’d wish to let you know there are clues – a tattered map found within the attic, or a cryptic image on his gravestone within the village churchyard (sure, I’m unhappy sufficient to have checked).

However sadly there’s nothing besides the whispered story itself, and the few of us in our household who’ve spent numerous childhood hours searching for a hoard, together with the outdated man within the Fifties, my sister and I within the Nineteen Eighties, and now my daughters within the 2020s.

On the hunt 

Components of the home are greater than 300 years outdated, and many modifications have been revamped the centuries, so there are many irregularities for them to go at, too, now that I’ve handed the baton to the following technology of keen treasure hunters.

May it’s hidden behind that suspiciously hollow-sounding panel? Or buried beneath that slight dip within the backyard? (They’re banned from digging within the flowerbeds now, although, after the “petunia incident”.)

There’s a niche in one of many timber beams in the lounge ceiling. Why? And what’s the explanation for these two tiles on the fireside fireside sinking down barely greater than the others?

In actuality, all these items are as a result of it’s an property farm, so all the things’s been botched and finished on a budget because the day it was constructed, however that’s dreadfully boring and unromantic.

So, again to these fireside tiles. We’re at the moment adorning that room, and determined, whereas the room was in a state, we’d prise them up and discover out as soon as and for all.

All of us gathered spherical and collectively held our breath because the tiles got here free. Wouldn’t it be gold cash? Wouldn’t it be uncommon gems? Wouldn’t it be the Holy Grail?

No, simply crushed mortar, cobwebs and bitter disappointment. Appears like I’ll should maintain farming for a bit longer but.



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