Harford Farm Brooch

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Harford Farm Brooch
The back of the brooch

The Harford Farm Brooch is a 7th-century Anglo-Saxon disk brooch.[1] The brooch was originally made in Kent and was found along with a number of other artifacts during an excavation of an Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Harford Farm in Norfolk.[1][2][3] The brooch measures 72mm across[3] and was found in grave 11.[4] The front of the brooch is gold decorated with glass and garnets while the backplate is silver.[5] On the back of the brooch there is a runic inscription which Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service translates as “Luda repaired the brooch” however “may Luda make amends by means of the brooch” has been offered as a translation by Alfred Bammesberger in the journal Neophilologus.[6]In addition to the runes the back of the brooch has a scratched zoomorphic decoration.[7]

The brooch is now on display at Norwich Castle.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Harford Farm Disc Brooch". Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "http://www.bbc.co.uk/norfolk/senseofplace/vikings_castle_gallery.shtml". A Sense Of Place. BBC. 21 May 2004. Retrieved 3 October 2012.  External link in |title= (help)
  3. ^ a b "The Harford Farm assemblage". Art Fund. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Williams, Howard (2006). Death and Memory in Early Medieval Britain. Cambridge University Press. pp. 67–72. ISBN 1139457934. 
  5. ^ Ashwin, Trevor; Penn, Kenneth; Davis, Mary (1992). "A silver composite disc brooch from Harford Farm, Caistor St Edmund". The Quarterly (5): 12–16. 
  6. ^ Bammesberger, Alfred (2003). "The Harford Farm Brooch Runic Inscription". Neophilologus. Springer Science. 87 (1): 133–135. doi:10.1023/A:1021277926944. 
  7. ^ Martin, Toby F (December 2011). "7". Identity and the Cruciform Brooch in Early Anglo-Saxon England: an Investigation of Style, Mortuary Context, and Use (PDF) (Ph.D.). University of Sheffield. p. 314. Retrieved 22 January 2015.