These walls have no ears, but they hide secrets.
A man in Britain recently found a 70s time capsule hidden in the walls of his pub.
Toby Brett, 41, has owned the Holcombe farm and kitchen in the English town of Radstock for 11 years. However, he only recently discovered what was hidden in its walls as he renovated the 200-year-old building, according to SWNS.
“It was certainly a surprise to find him,” Brett told SWNS. “It was a really nice find. There are really interesting things.”
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“It was pretty funny to see the 1971 price list for the Wadworth brewery, which is a brewery we still use today,” Brett said. “It’s definitely changed a little bit since then.”
Brett also told the agency that the man who left the time capsule even wrote a note apologizing for leaving only half a penny.
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It seems that one of the previous owners of the pub left the time capsule in the walls while he was making his own repairs in the 70s.
According to SWNS, a letter included in the time capsule explains that the previous owner, E. Poxon, made some “major changes” to the building in 1973 with the help of Oakhill Brewery Development, a now non-existent property developer.
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The capsule also included a note – dated July 13, 1973 and signed by Poxon – that read: “To the current owner from a previous owner, good luck.”
Poxon also included some of his ID cards in the time capsule.
Brett said of the previous owner: “I like that he clearly thought about whether he would be found in the future and who might find him. It’s good that someone had the foresight to do that.”
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After finding the capsule, Brett showed the items on a board so customers could see this part of the pub’s history.
He also built part of a half penny into clear resin, which he placed on the floor.
Brett told SWNS that the recent renovation of the pub – built in 1800 – was made to expand the pub’s offerings to include a farm shop and delicacies.
“I felt we were looking to sell other things than just alcohol and a pub,” Brett said. “It was important for me to keep the village pub as a community center – but I also wanted to offer something to other locals.”
“So now we have changed the whole look and feel of the place, as well as the pub, we have an open cafe, with offers from local butchers and other local products,” he added.