have you ever scoured beaches, or is it not worthwhile? - The Searcher
Your username would be perfect for a detecting forum!
I haven't done beaches but it is quite popular. You will find modern coins and jewelry and a lot of fishing tackle. I'm more interested in history. It would be an option in the spring and summer when all the fields are under crop.
Blondie - Series 1 was very good. They captured a lot of the nuance of detectorists who are somewhere between amateur archeologists and stamp collectors. Second series was disappointing.
Tornapart - Finding a trove is always the dream. It was not uncommon to bury hoards in order to keep them safe. Then the owner died and it was never recovered. Yes I love TIme Team. I reckon they could do a good episode here where I live.
was the place inhabited before 1066, i.e. would there be any chance of finding Anglo-Saxon objects?
Yes it is listed in the records along with two other local villages as part of a Saxon "Thanage" I have yet to find anything Saxon but I am confident it will happen. There is also a crop mark of an Iron Age enclosure on the boundary of the estate. You can see part of the circular double ditch & ramparts in the pic below.
Here is a flint knife, probably paleolithic that I found about 50 yards from where I am sitting now. You can see the percussion marks where it was shaped by a hammer stone. I found one of those too! Amazing to imagine somebody walking by this spot and dropping their favourite penknife before some people even believe humans existed. It is a beautiful fit in my hand.