Leicestershire church builders find 102-year-old time capsule
- 11 August 2013
- From the section Leicester
Builders working on a £1.6m renovation of a Leicestershire church have found a time capsule which was buried in 1911.
The sealed glass jar, which contained an order of service, a deanery magazine and other documents was found beneath the foundation stone at the St Peter's Centre in Loughborough.
Paul Stevens, one of the church leaders said: "We didn't realise anything like that was buried there.
"The documents were found to be in amazing order."
The jar was found during the partial demolition of a wall at the front of the church to make a new front entrance.
"I broke the wax seal, lifted off the lid and had a look inside the jar," said Mr Stevens.
"I was aware I was looking at historic documents and they might disintegrate. But they were in excellent condition."
The rolled-up bundle of documents included a parchment listing who was involved in the building of the church.
The church is home to two Christian congregations - Open Heaven and Elim Pentecostal Church, who purchased the building in 2008.
They believe the capsule was buried by the church's original congregation in 1911.
"We now have some sort of context to realise this building, in its heyday, was really central to the community," Mr Stevens added.
"In the deanery magazine, they say more than 700 children attended the Sunday school."
The capsule and its contents have been sent to the Leicestershire and Rutland Records Office, after which they will be on display at the church's official opening on 17 August.
The church plans to bid for Heritage Lottery funding to put the capsule on permanent display in their building.