Dog-walker spies possible 'Saxon short sword glistening in the water'

A dog-walker stumbled across an intriguing find while out for a walk in Bosham yesterday (Sunday, October 10.)

Monday, 11th October 2021, 5:14 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th October 2021, 10:10 am

As if taken from the pages of a Tolkien novel, Bosham resident Mark Chapman was strolling along Shore Road with his dog when he spied the curious item 'glistening in the water'.

After wading in to retrieve the mysterious metal, Mark said he thought it looked like it could be an 19th century cutlass or even a Saxon short sword.

Hidden room inside Chichester's Market CrossMark said: "I was walking the dog and I saw it in the water in Shore Road in Bosham.

The view from Shore Road, Bosham

"It's got a handle and what looks like a blade and it's about 22" so it could be a short sword.

"It could be a 19th century cutlass of just a piece of iron which fell off a boat.

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"When I first saw it glistening in the water I thought 'oh, it so looks like a sword' — it really did."

The mystery item

After posting the find on social media, commenters suggested Mark should contact Chichester District Council's archaeology officer to find out more.