Construction Workers In England Break Down A Wall And Make A Stunning 200-Year-Old Discovery


Old college campuses often hold a great deal of secrets. With so many students coming and going over the years, a university can be a real treasure trove for history buffs.

Sometimes, these secrets are uncovered in a completely random way. When construction workers stumbled upon a hidden alcove at Selwyn College in England, they had no idea what was in store.

Selwyn College, a part of England’s Cambridge University, hired a construction crew to do some routine remodeling on one of the campus’s buildings. The construction workers knocked down a wall and found something completely unexpected.

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What they found was an alcove known to UK students as a “Gyp,” where university staff would make tea and toast for students each morning. It was here that the construction crew found a cast iron stove from the Victorian era, as well as several postcards and letters from the workers of long ago.

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Each letter, according to the archivist of Selwyn College, was dated between 1912 and 1916. Each one provides an unprecedented look at what life was like more than a hundred years ago.

3-secret-stoveThe university has plans to put the artifacts, including an old photo of the campus chapel, on display so that modern students can get a greater appreciation of the school’s history.

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The archivist is also trying to find the individuals that the items belonged to, in the hopes that their descendants will be able to share and appreciate them.

5-secret-stoveIt’s incredible that the construction crew found such special pieces of history purely by accident. What other mysteries could be hidden at this old, famous college?





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