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A HISTORY OF WARWICKSHIRE POLBSWORTH. Hoard of small Constantinian copper round in earthenware urn at Aucote in 1762 [Annual Register, October, 1762 ; Bartlett's Manduessedum Romanum, p. 12]. Large hoard of denarii of Vespasian, Hadrian, Pius, the younger Faustina and others, found at Hall End in 1848 [Journal of the British Archeeological Aisociatitn, iv. 151]. Compare Nuneaton. PRINCETHORPE. A denarius (DIVVS AVGVSTVS), small bronze head of bull, potsherds including a fragment of Castor ware [C. Roach Smith, Collectanea Antiqua, i. 37 ; Bloxam, Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries, v. 303 ; Rugby School Museum]. The circum- stances of the find are unknown. The objects have been recorded along with Saxon remains to which they need not and ought not to belong. Princethorpe is close to the Fosse. RUGBY. Plain hoop ring of bronze with Greek inscription on the inner or flat side of the ring. Bloxam gives the inscription as Esunera Euneiske. Mr. W. T. Watkin, who examined it carefully, read ESYNEPA EYNAICXE The sense in either case is not at all clear, and I do not suppose either reading is correct. The ring was found about 1848 close to Mr. M. H. Bloxam's residence, St. Matthew's Place, Rugby [Bloxam, Associated Architectural Society Papers, i. 229 ; Watkin, Archaeo- logical Journal, xxxv. 67, 301 ; Ephemeris Epigraphies, iv. p. 21 1, No. 711. I do not know where the ring is now ; the curator of the Rugby School Museum assures me it is not there]. Toy hammer of bronze found about 1848 not far from the ring just mentioned : now in Rugby School Museum [Bloxam, ibid, and Birmingham and Midland Institute (Archzological section), 1875, p. 36]. RYTON-ON-DUNSMORE. The 'Roman and British" urns found in 1848 [Archaeological Journal, v. 217] seem all to be 'British.' SALFORD PRIORS. Coins and perhaps a burial urn are vaguely mentioned in F. White's Warwickshire and the volume of the Birmingham and Midland Institute (Archaeological section) for 1895, xxi. 75. SECKINGTON. The earthwork here cannot be Roman and the idea that the place is the Roman Secandunum [Birmingham and Midland Institute (Archaeological section), xxvi. 89] is ridiculous. No such name exists. For the earthwork see G. T. Clark's plan and description in Archaeological Journal, xxxix. 373. . SNITTERFIELD. Burial urn JVarwick Archrtological Society Report, 1869, p. 30]. SNOWFORD BRIDGE. Villa : p. 238. In Long Itchington parish. SOUTHAM. Coins (i Allectus, 2 Magnentius) found about 1850 in the Bury orchard below the church ; 2 denarii of Vespasian, i of Geta, I copper of Probus (Alexandrian mint) and others, found elsewhere in Southam [W. Gardner]. STOCKTON. Coins, cup or urn [W. Gardner]. STONELEIGH. Coins [W. Gardner]. STRATFORD-ON-AVON. About 110 copper coins, found (it is said) at Cross-o'-the-Hill, south of the town, now in the Birthplace Museum ; about forty are said to have been found before 1800, the rest between 1800 and 1856. They are of all dates from Germanicus to Gratian, the later being commonest. An urn of gold and silver coins (one of Magnus Maximus) is said to have been found here, or near here, in 1786 [Gentleman's Magazine, 1794, ii. 507]. Mr. Cove Jones of Loxley has a gold coin of Valens, said to have been found in Stratford. It may belong to this hoard of 1786. About 1786 a Stratford labourer found a broken urn and three copper coins between Baden (Bardon) Hill and the river Stour, i^ miles west of Stratford. See also Tiddington (below) and for a possible road to Alcester, p. 243. Coins seem unusually abundant round Stratford, but not other remains. TIDDINGTON. Mr. Cove Jones of Loxley has about 100 copper coins said to have been picked up at intervals from 1846-56 on the 'Church Leys,' Tiddington. They include i ' first brass ' of Trajan, i ' first ' and i ' second brass ' of Pius, i Alex. Severus, several small coppers of 250-80 A.D. and many of 280-380, especially Constantinian. They may possibly belong to a hoard which had been broken up and scattered by the plough before it was noticed and which was therefore picked up piecemeal. Mr. Cove Jones has also one Constantinus said to have been found 1846 'on the Church lands, i mile from Stratford towards Tiddington ' (? the same locality), and a silver ring with four coins (i Constantine, i Magnentius) found on the ' Lench fields between the Avon and the Stratford and Tiddington road in 1850. 248