An ‘armchair treasure hunt’ published in 1982 which is unsolved as of August 2021. No time limit was specified.

In 1989 Shaw closed the hunt, dug up the key, and repossessed the £50,000 prize money

Rough sleepers in the Adelphi Arches  Jenny's Hole

The Golden Key PDF

The front cover of ‘The Golden Key’


‘Fool’s Gold’ Sunday Telegraph 1997

There is still an active group of searchers, contact wolstan-dixie@hotmail.co.uk

Gordon Hooke, the copyright holder, died in 2014 aged 95. It is unclear who now owns the copyright.

‘BBC R4 ‘Punters’ March 1989

Central News TV interview with on Don Shaw 8th November 1982

Don Shaw publicity photograph holding Lake District map 1982

Statement by Lionel Gordon Hooke on purchasing the copyright from Don Shaw 1st January 1989

‘That’s Life’ BBC 3 June 1990

Don Shaw describes his wartime childhood in Chaddesden, Derby 2010