Local boy wins jewel worth £4,000

Archie Bradnock with Colin Rawlings and Jan Brookes in the Long Gallery
Published : 16 Dec 2015

Christmas came early for young Archie Bradnock last weekend when he picked up the top prize worth £4,000 from the ‘Birds & Beasts of Tudor Blickling - A Michaelmas Pageant’ treasure hunt that ran at Blickling Estate throughout September and October.

Beating more than 200 other entrants, Archie (12) from Neatishead is now the proud owner of an exquisite hand-crafted pendant of gold, garnet, diamond and south sea pearl, designed exclusively by Alison Bradley.

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

Archie and his family visited Blickling four times over a month to work out the clues. Mum Alison 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 & Anne Boleyn in the story, should be the one to solve the mystery and win this prize".

This is the third bespoke art exhibition and treasure hunt that The Red Dot Gallery and the National Trust’s Blickling Estate have run together and house manager Jan Brookes-Bullen could not be happier about the outcome: "The clues were very difficult, so Archie has done a fantastic job. You could not wish for a more gracious and modest winner".

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.

Well done Archie - a much deserved early Christmas present!