Pub owner finds 50-year-old time capsule hidden in wall – and it comes with note

A pub owner felt like they were stepping back in time when they found a 50-year-old time capsule buried in their walls.

Toby Brett, the current owner of Holcombe Farmshop and Kitchen, in Radstock, Somerset, opened up the package to find plenty of retro goodies.

It was filled with coins, stamps, a 1971 price list, a collection of ha'ppenies, old beer mats, car tax discs and a £1-an-hour wage slip.

A note, dated July 13 1973, was also tucked away inside the bundle.

It reads: "To the present owner from a past owner, good luck", and is signed by an E. Pockson – who included some of his own ID cards in the collection.

Mr Pockson also revealed he was a pub landlord in the past who carried out “major alterations” on the building five decades ago.

He said Oakhill Brewery Development, now defunct property developers, helped him to complete the construction work.

Toby said the time capsule was a “pleasant surprise”.

The 41-year-old, who has owned the pub for the past 11 years, said: "It was certainly a surprise to find it. It was a really pleasant find, there's some really interesting stuff in there.

"It was quite funny to see the price list from 1971 for Wadworth Brewery, which is a brewery we still use today. It's definitely changed a bit since then.

"There's a couple of pounds worth of ha'pennies in there too – and the previous landlord had written a note saying, 'Sorry it's only ha'pennies'.

"I like that he had clearly given some thought as to it being found in the future, and who might find it. It's nice that someone had the foresight to do that."

To help others enjoy the blast from the past, Toby has displayed the historic collection on a mounted board in the pub and farmshop.

He’s also coated some of the ha’penny coins in resin and placed them within the floor, which allows punters to walk over them.

Toby has recently renovated the building, which dates back to the 1800s, so that it is not just a village pub, but also incorporates a farm shop and deli, where people can buy local produce.

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He said: "I felt there was demand for us to sell other things rather than just alcohol and pub food.

"It was important to me to keep the village pub as the hub of the community – but I also wanted to offer something to other locals, too.

"So now we've changed the whole look and feel of the place, and as well as the pub we have an open cafe space, with offerings from local butchers and other local produce."

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