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Mudlarking along the River Thames in London

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Mudlarking along the River Thames, London. This is a two part video - nightlark by torchlight and a lark during the day. I found an interesting skull on this occasion which is probably a dog skull but I enjoyed thinking that it could be a wolf!
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Norway Minnesota (30 days ago)
She's also known as "shark-bite" Barbie! 😊
Norway Minnesota (30 days ago)
Did woman smoke pipes?
christinegreywolf (1 month ago)
You gotta love Mudlarking Barbie! She looks great just the way she is. :)
Robert Simmons (1 month ago)
Mudlarking Barbie was fab. You're humor is outstanding.
Robert Simmons (1 month ago)
BoboLaTuque (1 month ago)
! I can't believe I hadn't seen this one before! Some good stuff there, Nicola.
Jo Harmon (2 months ago)
Barbie, looks like she took a very wrong turn in the road LOL
Lovely Skull (2 months ago)
I love the skull, hahahaha.
ron slaughter (2 months ago)
Nicola,,,, all those different colored stones that one would notice would be great to gather up and use on a fireplace. or tile work in a shower and bathroom.
Dona Burns (2 months ago)
Really bad sound on this one
Nicole Powell (3 months ago)
I wonder what makes the pipes turn a purple /blue colour. I'm amazed that so many survive.
Colleen Sievert (3 months ago)
Could that black wooden dowel be an old lace tatting dowel?
Medieval buckle?..looks like ...lol... mini Dino rex🤣 arrrrr! Silly us🦎
CHARLIEM1010 (6 months ago)
Did you ever find out what the skull was from? I’m curious that’s really bizarre!
david beckett (6 months ago)
Sorry , can,t see the point of doing this at night , tide fully out maybe ?
J McCracken (6 months ago)
Nicola, when you are trying to recover one thing I have a habit of looking past that item. And seeing several other items. Amazing the way people of old done things.
Jamie Teems (7 months ago)
Hey, that wooden top of something looks like Harry Potters Wand! I love your videos! Thank you for Expanding My Horizons here in South Carolina, USA
Michael Inocente (7 months ago)
I was watching this on my VR headset and the I got so scared when you moved the skull and made it growl! Thanks for the laughs.
Suddenly (7 months ago)
UAS here, do you ever take any of your finds such as the bones you don't recognize to the museum?
Sally Spencer (8 months ago)
How do you get the pipes to go white again, after they’ve got mud stained?
Ulisse Primerano (9 months ago)
at minute 3:55 possible a old musket ball, and at 4:12 a cap gunpowder door
danny b (10 months ago)
Nicola my daughter is only 6 and she absolutely loves watching you doing this and she's particularly interested in the pipes is there any chance in her getting one from you only thing is we live in Scarborough Xx
hi Danny, email me on [email protected]
Bradley Hyde (10 months ago)
Have you found any arrowheads or artifacts from thousands of years ago.? Enjoy the videos...😇👍
1y17h4l (10 months ago)
i love your videos and all your wonderful finds - DAVE in concrete city Los Angeles
golden hands (1 year ago)
A farthing is a quarter of a penny.👍🇬🇧
Mona Bale (1 year ago)
abencherz of mudlark barbie. way better than flat stanley.
Barry Geyer (1 year ago)
OK ,I'll bite, what are the advantages of a night search ?
Why are there so many pipes?
Heidi Samantha (1 year ago)
I love your humour the kind of woman I would love for a friend 🧐
Andy Landscapes (1 year ago)
Hi Nicola, I’m really getting into your vids, so chilled what a great way to spend your spare time. Love it 👍
Rich samuel (1 year ago)
You missed a button right above the spoon when you laid it down
InnaSoul Music (1 year ago)
What a find! 08:28 The extremely rare Amy Winehouse Barbie!
Flyster (1 year ago)
Why doesn’t anyone clear the plastic away
Dustin O'Connor (1 year ago)
What is used to clean the pipes and pipe bowls?
Sinister But Happy (1 year ago)
plastic waste ...the treasure of mudlarkers from far in the future
12 Volts (1 year ago)
Paul has a nice bum
Henry Austin (1 year ago)
I won't try this at home because here isn't a big ass river at my house. thats a dogs skull. probably some old blokes dog from the 1800s. hehehe.
Echo 9970 (1 year ago)
The skull 💀 is definitely a dogs skull.
Darren Young (1 year ago)
Feel so sad for the owl :( Great vid though, new sub :)
paul (1 year ago)
thats your head lamp, it looks like the police helicopter light paul
have you ever found a gruesome find?
TMIDiva (1 year ago)
Why are there so many pipes? I know that there have been a lot of smokers of pipes, but why are they all over the place?
tuledude89 (1 year ago)
How many pipe bowls do you have
tuledude89 (1 year ago)
Oh jeez I see your homepage art ...must be hundreds...
Robert Hoehn (1 year ago)
The geese joke was funny, I am known as the king of bad jokes, so I should know! That was a deer skull.
Ralph Sporay (1 year ago)
Interesting finds, I love the clay pipes.
The longish black thing - something for lacemaking?
myview1875 (1 year ago)
I like how you put subtitles in your videos that are comical. This show me you have a free thinking mind. I am nearly 50 years old going on 16. I think it keeps you young.
The FightDoctor (1 year ago)
When you find the pipe bowls that have a blue / black colour to them. Do they clean up with water or do you do something to them to get the natural clay colour back?
Chris M (1 year ago)
Who downvotes these? What could possibly make a person not enjoy this?
MrDreamlandboy (1 year ago)
Very good channel and video's thanks
Aether Shadow (1 year ago)
Nicola White, wonderful videos...so fascinating all the gems you find. Instant fan and subscriber. You have so much knowledge and interesting tidbits of information, but when that wind kicks up (as it often does around water) I have a difficult time hearing what you are saying. Also, your art is so creative and inspirational.
Thank you for your lovely comments. Yes I agree, the wind is a pain! :)
i am glad your back doing more mudlarking videos nicola ,I have waited everyone u have made so far,i love your fish to.
Myles Nicholas (1 year ago)
You would love my 10 Watt el cheapo LED lithium flood light, turns night into day.
Brad Lol (1 year ago)
Nice videos. I metal detect and love old buckles. Thats a sweet annular buckle you found probably tudor or jacobean
VelvetSky24 (1 year ago)
8:35 It's Cynthia from the Rugrats!!!
Skankpronger (1 year ago)
why so many pipes laying around?
Helene Johansson (1 year ago)
I was wondering why there are so many pipes in the Thames? You didn't find any in this video, but so many in other videos. Did people throw them in?
Phyllis Bowler (1 year ago)
I really enjoy your mudlarking but I love listening to you.You sound so much like my sister who died 3 years ago.We both grew up in London but I got married and moved to America in 1960 .I still miss her of course but the sound of your voice is so much like Chris
ghosthunteruk2 (1 year ago)
new subscriber here love your videos nicola been watching then now for 2 hours straight i'm a history graduate and thinking of taking mudlarking up as another hobby i already do magnet fishing and metal detecting but watching you and clem has made me want to get up and try this hobby out haha thanks for sharing your videos and beauty with us all and happy hunting take care and look forward to the other adventures you share with us.
ghosthunteruk2 thank you very much for your lovely comments. I appreciate that. I shall be back with more videos soon! hh
dharmaqueen (1 year ago)
Looks like a lace making bobbin.
Thank you! I think you are right. that's great.
very cool
Ryan Smith (1 year ago)
Really enjoy your videos. Please keep them coming. Thankfully, I have an old river near by to help with the mudlarking itch that occasionally needs scratching.
Gator Chick (1 year ago)
Awesome video, I metal detect here in the USA & have never been mudlarking but it looks like a LOT of fun, you really found some neat stuff, love the pipe bowls, very interesting & mudlarking Barbie was hilarious lol
Thank you. Glad you enjoyed!
KarstenOnAir (1 year ago)
Hi, nice finds! :) But one question...why are so many pipes in the Thames??? :)
KarstenOnAir (1 year ago)
Oh I understand. The cigarette was not yet invented. And the pipes were produced in masses. And I thought it was the personal belongings of the people they should take care of. :)
They are like old fashioned cigarette butts. They were often just used once or twice before being discarded of. They were often bought pre filled with tobacco. People just chucked them away after smoking them.
TekReviews (1 year ago)
I wonder if like here in Washington State if you are getting all that trash from Japan tsunami and Fukushima disaster floating into your area. They are telling us some areas are already radioactive on the coast line.
TekReviews (1 year ago)
You never know, we already have tons of Japan trash washing up on our beaches at Ocean Shores, WA, here in the USA. The waters are already getting positive readings for radiation from Fukushima from Oregon all the way up towards Alaska.
doubt it.....
scott lund (1 year ago)
Your hunt with Chill Bill has me subscribed and looking for more mud....Great finds Nicola, call me a hoarder, but that owl would have been strapped to my back!
scott lund ha ha Scott. thanks. Yes I shd have picked her up. we didn't go back that way so she probably floated away in a pea green boat!
Christie Willey (1 year ago)
Please read this long paragraph so you will understand. I just happened upon your site about two weeks ago maybe three. I have a quest to get things from different parts of the world that I'll never be able to travel too. I was wondering do you have an email address that I could contact you about possibly getting one or two of the pipe bowls and a couple of the pipes. So I don't care if they're broken. And could you just put your name on a piece of paper and where you found them . I'm going to eventually put all relics I receive into individual little shadow boxes with plastic glass over top. in. So that I can arrange them in a nice pattern on the wall and put the country on the corner where it was from and if you have anything else you could put in it like, oh I know a spindlewhorl, I am so fascinated by those and a seal or coin just just anything I would so greatly appreciate it I would even help to pay for this the shipping if you would. I only receive disability which is not a lot but I would be willing to help pay. I have severe spinal stenosis and although I've been cleared to go out and do a little metal detecting I can only spend about 15 or 20 minutes out and then I'm down for a day or two. I'm hoping to try and build some strength up the summer on my treadmill in the meantime I'm stuck in this house all the time. The only place I go is where the YouTube goes. So I hope you'll understand the reason I ask this I've asked several people who have been nice enough to help me in my quest. I wouldn't mind if you have a little pamphlet that tells about muddlarking and all about the queens and kings things like that. Or suggest a book.Nicola I have to go I'm starting to cry and I unfortunately fortunately I got a bit of a cold along with chills and pain. But hey pain I am used too. I'm gonna try and lay down again. You are very lovely lady and I love your accent. It would be nice to meet you Sunday thanks again and please send me your email address. Paul found a beautiful blue ball, I noticed they all washed out and turned white, why so? What is the blue from. Is Paul just your walking partner or is he your hubby.? My husband and I used to do things together all the time together until he had two strokes now he has change so much I hardly knowing we are both the same old I'm 63 and he 62. We have been married 42 years this Nov. 1st. We have to boys and a beautiful new grandson (my oldes boy Jon and his wife Brandy) And my youngest son is 34 in October he had a complete mental breakdown 4 years ago and he lives with us now , He has lived with us sense the breakdown of which my boss promptly let me go. I guess they were afraid I would miss to much work. It didn't matter as I was headed towards disablement anyway. His breakdown which was caused by severe their mental cruelty from his ex wife and her family. And it is suspected that he was being poisoned all for the sake of her getting a new car . She had taken a very large life insurance policy out on him before he started having episodes unfortunately the little hick town hospital didn't check or anything so we will never know according to what his doctors at the University tell us now, but they suspect at least an overdose definitely. He hears voices, has nightmares and has agoraphobia. Anyway that is what my life is right now it's funny how things will be going right one day and the next day everything falls apart. But I keep praying and try to keep my faith strong. I will let you go please email me back about the quest. I'm on disability so I can't afford a lot of postage, but I will try and it would mean so very very much to me if I could get one or two of the pipes and stems and anything else you want to throw in, OH MY YES! the pipes don't have to be whole. Just please let me know what it is , your email. Take care and have a great day. ChristieI will include mine : [email protected]
Christie Willey (1 year ago)
What is the purpose of mudlarking????
Christie Willey (1 year ago)
I must say Barbie never looked much better!!! lol
Steven Shiner (1 year ago)
Love watching your videos, envious! Would love to join you.
Steven Shiner thank you! glad you enjoy them :)
Snow Crone (1 year ago)
Love the skull and the owl. They would have made my day (and night). Hmmm, 'Mudlark Barbie'? Perhaps you should sell the idea to Mattel. xx
tlmoscow (1 year ago)
When I lived in London way back in 1990, I always wanted to go mudlarking, but my friends were all like, "Are you shtoopid? Let's go to the pub." At least I get to enjoy your discoveries now (the pub was ok, too, mind you).
Donnie Bailey (1 year ago)
I love your videos. I subscribed yesterday. I am from the States and metal detect for colonial relics.
Donnie Bailey thank you! Enjoy!
Del Smith Fishing (1 year ago)
Hey Nicola , thanks for the adventure . As usual can't wait for the next one !!!
rekindlethewick (1 year ago)
Thanks for sharing Nicola. Love your videos!
richard stonehouse (1 year ago)
good to see you again Nicola. just love your pipe " extractions "!
Those pipe bowls with design on are excellent finds , lovely video and mud lark Barbie rocks :)
Hank (1 year ago)
You should try a blacklight next time you hunt at night, that would be interesting too.
Burr Anderson (5 months ago)
Don't forget the marijuana brownies.
scott lund (1 year ago)
I have used one on the Mississippi to search for semi precious and precious gem stones...and diamonds like Clem said, as some glow a beautiful cornflower blue. Have to look it up, but pre WW1 glass sometimes light up due to materials used before the war.
Hank (1 year ago)
It will also light up certain scorpions, that live in Arizona USA, semiprecious minerals/stones, some fungus, coral, and dog pee when they chase that rat.
Chill Bill (1 year ago)
It lights up plastic, rat pee and diamonds
Hank (1 year ago)
A black light uses the ultraviolet light wavelength and will make some objects glow in the dark. It can be purchased as a flashlight, I think you folks call it a torch. You will find that they have a lot of different uses and are fun to play with. Let me know what happens!
Colleen Posadas (1 year ago)
Does anyone know why they go at night? Just because of low tides?
Tracy K (1 year ago)
Made my entire week to see your video!! Amazing as always!
Tracy K thank you!x
andrew jones (1 year ago)
so interesting nicola,i went back to my bottle dump today and noticed absolutlely hundreds of shiphams jars but more importantly i discovered a walkers beer bottle intact with a stopper saying war grade.
andrew jones Oh excellent. that will be the same as mine then they obviously used to all drink beer and eat Shiphams paste! yum.
Mary Helen (1 year ago)
andrew jones very cool! Happy hunting!
Wendy Harper (1 year ago)
Lovely pipe bowls and an interesting array of finds. Cheers Wendy
Brian Garden (1 year ago)
another nice hunt nicola,would love to try this mudlarking.
Mary Helen (1 year ago)
You are both so funny, love the laughs! I'd give my eye teeth for a pipe bowl! Do you take teeth? lol! Love your videos! Lots of love and all the very best to you!
Mary Helen thank you! 😀
Mary Helen (1 year ago)
Colleen Posadas Thank you Colleen, I've been watching her for years, my favorite mudlarker, lol, was teasing her about taking my eye teeth in exchange for a pipe! Hope you're having a great day!
Colleen Posadas (1 year ago)
Mary Helen She finds teeth and bones!
Jake Braker (1 year ago)
What do you think the rose and thistle represent?
Jake Braker England and Scotland!
usakindatheart flower (1 year ago)
fun video
hard yakka (1 year ago)
About time too girl. I thought you had found a wee man when you first turned on your light. Don't tell me you took that dogs skull home, your sick. Thought I saw something under that rubber stopper you missed. Those fish paste jars made good grenades when I was young. we got Peck's I think it was.  I bet your try too display that dogs skull in some macabre sculpture.
hard yakka yes of course I took the skull to join my skull collection. and yes well spotted. it was a little button type object you could both see 😉
Chalkhills (1 year ago)
I saw the thing you're on about too. Around the 11:30 mark there's something coin-like right under where Nicola holds the vulcanised stopper.
Gina Gelinas (1 year ago)
I love mudlark Barbie! You need to find her a teeny trowel!
Gina Gelinas such a great idea! I'm on it
Byron G (1 year ago)
owwwww werewolves of London. Great hunt. That Rose and Thistle pipe is beautiful. I love how respectful you are about the offerings that get thrown into the water.
Byron G thank you!
Bullets and Buttons (1 year ago)
Just loved the pipe bowls and the skull!!
roomba (1 year ago)
I think you have taken a fancy to that Barbie........if that is how the British say it.
David Berry (1 year ago)
Thrilled to see you posted a vid, always fun. You found the Werewolf of London! rawr! haha😄
Nicola, the mudlarking Barbie doll!
Dave Glam (1 year ago)
nicola white mudlark - Tideline Art sorry I posted that weeks ago, as before I was a ass , ( your fantastic looking )
grossleg123? Thank you. I hope you enjoy the videos. Luckily I'm relatively thick skinned
greg w. ha ha very funny!
jetskijohn2006 (1 year ago)
Iam a new subscriber . Loved to mudlarking video's on my wish list to do one day
Me too
Christie Hansen (1 year ago)
Why are the pipes always blue when you pull them out but turn white when you clean them?
it's the stain from the mud...
mouseroad (1 year ago)
I guess Barbie got tired of her pink plastic world and went rogue lol. Love your videos !
yes, that's exactly what she told me :)
Paleoman52 (1 year ago)
I really enjoyed this video, cool finds but that pipe you found was awesome!
vcstar5 (1 year ago)
That would be a blast. I could spend hours searching!
Tmbr Wulf (1 year ago)
Really nice clay pipes you find there! Thanks for sharing!
zalmaflash (1 year ago)
Mudlark Barbie and a goose being Egyptian. That's funny.
Bear Digger (1 year ago)
Well done Nicola, Thanks for sharing your video with us. 👍👍👍👍👍
Michael Hopton (1 year ago)
great selection of finds !

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