Archie, 12, wins £4,000 treasure hunt prize

Just Regional
Dec 16, 2015 2 mins read

Twelve-year-old Archie Bradnock picked up an early Christmas present when he won the £4,000 prize in a treasure hunt at Blickling Estate.

The Birds & Beasts of Tudor Blickling – A Michaelmas Pageant treasure hunt ran throughout September and October.

Archie, from Neatishead, beat more than 200 other entrants to win the hand-crafted pendant of gold, garnet, diamond and south sea pearl, designed exclusively by Alison Bradley.

Visitors solved clues hidden within 16 paintings by Kate Leiper, and other riddles around the house and gardens in the hope of winning the bespoke pendant.

Archie and his family visited Blickling four times over a month to work out the clues. Mum Allison said: “We loved spending the time together as a family and having the opportunity to work together as a team.” Harriet, Archie’s sister, even had the clever idea of weighing some of their own jewellery so they could guess the weight of the pendant more accurately.

Colin Rawlings, owner of the Red Dot Gallery in Holt and creative mind behind this event, said: “How wonderful that a young man, of similar age to George and Anne Boleyn in the story, should be the one to solve the mystery and win this prize.”

And what will Archie do with his valuable prize? “We are going to keep it in the family and hand it down as an heirloom,” he says. “We won it in a very special way and we will treasure it forever.”

If you’ve been waiting for the answers to be revealed they are:
1. Albino
2. Jackdaw
3. Pike
and the weight of the jewel is 12.1 grams.



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