Victorian time capsule found in Sidcup during £1.8million revamp

News Shopper: Mark Jackson, who works for Conway, was working with a colleague when he spotted something unusual as they excavated the ground outside the new Sidcup & Co store on Tuesday morning, close to the junction with Hadlow Road. Mark Jackson, who works for Conway, was working with a colleague when he spotted something unusual as they excavated the ground outside the new Sidcup & Co store on Tuesday morning, close to the junction with Hadlow Road.

A Victorian time capsule dating back to 1842 was found by contractors working on a major £1.8million revamp of Sidcup town centre.

Mark Jackson, who works for Conway, was working with a colleague when he spotted something unusual as they excavated the ground outside the new Sidcup & Co store on Tuesday morning, close to the junction with Hadlow Road.

Mark and his colleague tried to get the object out the ground by hand but without success.

When they used their mechanical digger, they broke a bottle which they found contained a treasure trove of documents that are 172-years-old.

The documents show that the time capsule was put in place by J Morris Esq of William Smith Architects and Mr Robert Wade and Mr James Miller, Builders on 10 May 1842.

The contents were wrapped in a blank Metropolitan Police Form No2 from the 1840s.

The main item of interest is a unique and light hearted original text about the project composed in rhyming couplets and written in immaculate script.

It refers to “the fame’d Sir Robert Peel”, who founded the Metropolitan Police and was Prime Minister when the bottle was put in place for future generations to discover.

The beautifully handwritten text is addressed to the police officers who were to occupy the building and with an eye to the future.

It concludes with the following – “We’ll not proclaim such state’s arrive’d– but only hope it will, When all mankind in friendships bonds, are free’d from every ill!

Oh swift wing’d time such blessing bring, which blessing leave us never; Then truth with justice fair prevail, and happy be for ever.”

The final document in the fascinating collection is a chart showing the night sky on the day that the foundation stone of the station house was laid, supported by a detailed account of its meaning for the people of the time and the building under construction.

Bexley’s Local Studies and Archives Manager Simon McKeon said he was delighted with the discovery, which pre-dates the first maps of the town in the borough’s collection.

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3:52pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Joelo says...

That's lovely, love history
That's lovely, love history Joelo
  • Score: 7

5:34pm Fri 21 Mar 14

B L Zeebub says...

Thet should replace it with a short tale of Bexley council, for future generations to "marvel" over.
Thet should replace it with a short tale of Bexley council, for future generations to "marvel" over. B L Zeebub
  • Score: 5

10:29pm Fri 21 Mar 14

HardworkingMan says...

B L Zeebub wrote:
Thet should replace it with a short tale of Bexley council, for future generations to "marvel" over.
That is good idea. A new time capsule to replace the excavated one will be installed. Any suggestions what to include in this are welcome.
[quote][p][bold]B L Zeebub[/bold] wrote: Thet should replace it with a short tale of Bexley council, for future generations to "marvel" over.[/p][/quote]That is good idea. A new time capsule to replace the excavated one will be installed. Any suggestions what to include in this are welcome. HardworkingMan
  • Score: 8

8:01am Sat 22 Mar 14

markay says...

this really should have made the national news.
this really should have made the national news. markay
  • Score: 10

10:03am Sat 22 Mar 14

HearTheFacts says...

Did it say 'don't trust Bexley Council and this Tory filth'. In May we can remove this vile Tory filth!!!.
Did it say 'don't trust Bexley Council and this Tory filth'. In May we can remove this vile Tory filth!!!. HearTheFacts
  • Score: -27

12:36pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Was there any mention of Erastus Piggott at all ?
Was there any mention of Erastus Piggott at all ? Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -40

7:10pm Sat 22 Mar 14

rojo174 says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
Was there any mention of Erastus Piggott at all ?
No, but Lester got a mention
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: Was there any mention of Erastus Piggott at all ?[/p][/quote]No, but Lester got a mention rojo174
  • Score: 10

12:03pm Sun 23 Mar 14

SidcupResident says...

If you included a written message in the new time capsule, what language would you write it in for someone in London to be able to read it in 100 years time? Arabic? Bangladeshi? Polish?....
If you included a written message in the new time capsule, what language would you write it in for someone in London to be able to read it in 100 years time? Arabic? Bangladeshi? Polish?.... SidcupResident
  • Score: 19

12:13pm Sun 23 Mar 14

white rabbit9 says...

Interesting, when Metropolitan police was created, I will bold that word, 'CREATED', the police are there only to protect and serve.

http://www.impsec.or
g/~jhardin/gunstuff/
writings/Peels_Princ
iples_Of_Law_Enforce
ment.pdf

"The police seek and preserve public favor, not by catering to public opinion, but by
constantly demonstrating absolutely impartial service to the law, in complete
independence of policy"

This document and rules ABSOLUTELY MEANS WE ARE LIVING IN A POLICE STATE. common law vs corporate law (administration law)
Interesting, when Metropolitan police was created, I will bold that word, 'CREATED', the police are there only to protect and serve. http://www.impsec.or g/~jhardin/gunstuff/ writings/Peels_Princ iples_Of_Law_Enforce ment.pdf "The police seek and preserve public favor, not by catering to public opinion, but by constantly demonstrating absolutely impartial service to the law, in complete independence of policy" This document and rules ABSOLUTELY MEANS WE ARE LIVING IN A POLICE STATE. common law vs corporate law (administration law) white rabbit9
  • Score: 9

7:40am Mon 24 Mar 14

claylady says...

I love the fact that the writers of these lines wished blessings on future generations of Sidcup people. Let's do the same, and pray for a blessing on the future people of Sidcup, who ever they will be, and where ever they come from.
Will we be able to read the whole document?
I love the fact that the writers of these lines wished blessings on future generations of Sidcup people. Let's do the same, and pray for a blessing on the future people of Sidcup, who ever they will be, and where ever they come from. Will we be able to read the whole document? claylady
  • Score: 3

10:10am Mon 24 Mar 14

highway warrior says...

The rest of the document might reads as follows.

Upon this highstreet once there was,
a multitude of Barbers Shops,
Numerous Inns of depravity
a Grocers and Habedashery,
cobblers, blacksmiths, candlemakers,
lace shop, book shop and undertakers.
one final thing that you may see,
is placing selling for charity.

or not.
The rest of the document might reads as follows. Upon this highstreet once there was, a multitude of Barbers Shops, Numerous Inns of depravity a Grocers and Habedashery, cobblers, blacksmiths, candlemakers, lace shop, book shop and undertakers. one final thing that you may see, is placing selling for charity. or not. highway warrior
  • Score: 9

12:34pm Mon 24 Mar 14

dan.walker83 says...

HearTheFacts wrote:
Did it say 'don't trust Bexley Council and this Tory filth'. In May we can remove this vile Tory filth!!!.
Because Labour did a grand job! Perhaps your benefits have been capped for that the Tories are worth their weight in gold!
[quote][p][bold]HearTheFacts[/bold] wrote: Did it say 'don't trust Bexley Council and this Tory filth'. In May we can remove this vile Tory filth!!!.[/p][/quote]Because Labour did a grand job! Perhaps your benefits have been capped for that the Tories are worth their weight in gold! dan.walker83
  • Score: 15

2:35pm Mon 24 Mar 14

HearTheFacts says...

dan.walker83 wrote:
HearTheFacts wrote:
Did it say 'don't trust Bexley Council and this Tory filth'. In May we can remove this vile Tory filth!!!.
Because Labour did a grand job! Perhaps your benefits have been capped for that the Tories are worth their weight in gold!
I would suggest you check the internet, for what the Bexley Tories along with Bexley Council have done!.

Hate crime, exclude members of the public from a council meeting. Agreeing to the closure of a bridal way, that's only the start its get worse!.

A website to look at Google ' Bexley is bonkers'

What about a councillor that went on the BBC, and lied!.

Enough said
[quote][p][bold]dan.walker83[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HearTheFacts[/bold] wrote: Did it say 'don't trust Bexley Council and this Tory filth'. In May we can remove this vile Tory filth!!!.[/p][/quote]Because Labour did a grand job! Perhaps your benefits have been capped for that the Tories are worth their weight in gold![/p][/quote]I would suggest you check the internet, for what the Bexley Tories along with Bexley Council have done!. Hate crime, exclude members of the public from a council meeting. Agreeing to the closure of a bridal way, that's only the start its get worse!. A website to look at Google ' Bexley is bonkers' What about a councillor that went on the BBC, and lied!. Enough said HearTheFacts
  • Score: 1

10:14pm Wed 26 Mar 14

mainman says...

HearTheFacts wrote:
dan.walker83 wrote:
HearTheFacts wrote:
Did it say 'don't trust Bexley Council and this Tory filth'. In May we can remove this vile Tory filth!!!.
Because Labour did a grand job! Perhaps your benefits have been capped for that the Tories are worth their weight in gold!
I would suggest you check the internet, for what the Bexley Tories along with Bexley Council have done!.

Hate crime, exclude members of the public from a council meeting. Agreeing to the closure of a bridal way, that's only the start its get worse!.

A website to look at Google ' Bexley is bonkers'

What about a councillor that went on the BBC, and lied!.

Enough said
bexley council says they have frozen the council tax. as the 2012 games have finished, are we still paying for it? the tax should have gone down!
[quote][p][bold]HearTheFacts[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dan.walker83[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HearTheFacts[/bold] wrote: Did it say 'don't trust Bexley Council and this Tory filth'. In May we can remove this vile Tory filth!!!.[/p][/quote]Because Labour did a grand job! Perhaps your benefits have been capped for that the Tories are worth their weight in gold![/p][/quote]I would suggest you check the internet, for what the Bexley Tories along with Bexley Council have done!. Hate crime, exclude members of the public from a council meeting. Agreeing to the closure of a bridal way, that's only the start its get worse!. A website to look at Google ' Bexley is bonkers' What about a councillor that went on the BBC, and lied!. Enough said[/p][/quote]bexley council says they have frozen the council tax. as the 2012 games have finished, are we still paying for it? the tax should have gone down! mainman
  • Score: 0

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