We quickly hit pay-dirt and we stop to examine the discovery more closely. Then, much to my dismay, Smith casually tosses aside our find, the sole of a Tudor shoe. “You get blasé,” he says. “You get to see a lot of things over the years. But finds like that do help point you towards other things.
The article is from 2010, by by all accounts, mudlarking on the banks of the Thames continues. You need a permit — currently at £85 a year if you wish to dig beneath the top soil.