Martyn Johnson is an Author, Metal Detectorist and Historian. He lives in the beautiful village of Wentworth in South Yorkshire. Born in Darfield, some five and a half miles north east of Wentworth as the son of a coal miner, he left school at the age of fifteen and took up employment as a blacksmith. His work changed dramatically four years later when he joined the Sheffield City Police where he served as a ‘beat bobby’ at Attercliffe in the east end of Sheffield, until 1969. A two year spell in the CID followed but, missing grassroots policing, he returned to the beat for a further seven years.
Martyn is a well-known metal detectorist and has appeared on many BBC Radio Sheffield programmes talking about his hobby. A long-time resident of Wentworth village, he assisted and advised Catherine Bailey when she was researching her best-selling book, Black Diamonds.
Martyn has gone on to publish 3 books of his own: WHAT’S THA UP TO?, which reached the top 10 Sunday Times Best Sellers List, and the follow-ups, WHAT’S THA UP TO NAH? and WHAT’S THA UP THIS TIME?
Since the launch of his books, Martyn is regularly contacted by the media for advice and information on policing in the 1960’s/70’s regarding the authenticity of programmes.
A born raconteur, local historian and author, Martyn has plenty of interesting stories to tell!