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Torc

circa 1200 BC

Romano – British Celtic torc, made of Bronze found in Calderbrook, Rochdale in 1832.  

In 1832 a workman was uprooting the stump of an oak tree at Mow Road, Calderbrook (near Handle Hill). Coming upon a large flagstone, he broke it, and beneath it was the torc.

Its lower semi-circle is made of alternate convex and concave bronze beads, ornamented with a late Celtic design. The two halves are dowelled by iron pins. It was originally in the possession of the Lord of the Manor of Rochdale and was passed to the museum collection by a descendant.