When A Man Went Out With His Metal Detector, He Found A Treasure Trove That Made Him A Millionaire

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Lawes, himself, spent his youth in Hoxne – a small village located around 100 miles northeast of London. And with a population of less than 1,000, Hoxne may at first appear as a charming yet unremarkable place. However, it is in fact rich in ancient history – not that Lawes knew this when he was young.

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But although Lawes’ early life was seemingly as ordinary as the village he grew up in, he later actually played a part in uncovering Hoxne’s history. You see, Lawes found a haul of treasure in the area. And not only did the discovery put the village on the map, but Lawes himself also became a minor celebrity and made a small fortune as a result.

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But all that must have seemed worlds away when Lawes was younger. You see, his formal education came to an end when he was 14 years old, and for a time he helped out on a farm. Later, he delivered bread for a local bakery, but he quit when the store’s manager realized that the takings were short by a mere halfpenny.

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