Home renovation

English home renovation unearths 1960s time capsule with heartwarming letter

An Englishman was able to go back in time during a home renovation.

While working on restoring a house in Birmingham, Scott Bevan, 42, found a 1969 package hidden behind his fireplace, The Sun reported.

Inside the package were old Birmingham Evening Mail newspapers from that year as well as a photograph of the previous owner, Ethel Wright.

The package included a newspaper from 1969.
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After that startling first discovery, Bevan came across another artifact – a 34-year-old set of documents in a column across the fireplace.

The old papers included a card from the former owners of the mansion with wishes of “luck and happiness” for its new tenants.

The heartwarming letter read: “We arrived here at the end of May 1967, it was then newly built and we found contentment and security within these four walls. We hope you enjoy the house and the garden as we do.

The note, which was signed by the former owners and their sons and daughters-in-law, states that the original home was erected in 1969 and the second in 1988.

He also predicted when it would one day be discovered, saying, “I guess when you get there you’ll want to make some major edits, so you’ll probably find that note.”

Inside the parcel was a photo of former owner Ethel Wright.
Ethel Wright urged the new owners to love the house as much as she and her family.
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The construction led one owner to discover the house's 1960s past.
A letter was found among the objects.
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Brevan was doing repair work for his sister, who moved in to be closer to her family after suffering a brain aneurysm.

“I just think it’s a selfless and enjoyable thing to do and that’s what the world is missing right now – thinking about other people,” he said. “Let’s hope Debbie finds that happiness and contentment and security that the previous owners also found in the house.”