Guildford Saxon Brooch

This intricate brooch is a symbol of the origins of Surrey.


Guildford Museum Saxon brooch
Copyright: Image courtesy of Brian Wood

Watch the video of Mary Alexander, Collections Manager at Guildford Museum, talking about the Saxon Brooch.

It was buried with an Anglo-Saxon woman in the pagan cemetery on Guildown, the hill above Guildford, in the early 500s AD.

Surrey seems to have been created by the Anglo-Saxons, and may have been a small kingdom at first, which was later taken over by a larger kingdom. The name means the southern region.

This brooch is a Scandinavian style, brought to this country by people from north-west Europe. It would have been used to fasten a cloak, and has four holes so it could be sewn into place.

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