United Kingdom

Time capsule showing young Queen Victoria unearthed under school

A time capsule dating back to 1876 which contained coins showing a young Queen Victoria has incredibly been unearthed in the foundations of a primary school.   

Headteacher Sue Taylor said the frosted glass jar was found by accident while builders were digging up a chapel at Barrow URC Primary School in Clitheroe, Lancashire.

The 'remarkable' artefact had been placed inside one of the chapel's foundation stones, which was built in 1876, according to the local council.

A time capsule (above) dating back to 1876 and containing coins showing a young Queen Victoria was found in the foundations of Barrow URC Primary School in Clitheroe, Lancashire

Mrs Taylor added: 'It is pretty incredible. It's brought the history of the school alive. And it's made our kids so intrigued about our area's history.

'It came as a total shock and they found it by complete surprise, but I think it feels like our history has come full circle.'

A demolition team made the incredible discovery back in April while they were tearing down the chapel as part of a project to expand the 155-pupil school. 

Mrs Taylor said a rolled-up newspaper and ten coins, most of which showed a young Queen Victoria, were found inside the 145-year-old time capsule. 

The time capsule has been handed over to a Lancashire conservation team, who will unroll the newspaper and attempt to restore and research the coins' history.

Just last summer, pupils at the school, which is believed to be the only United Reformed Church (URC) school in the world, also buried their very own time capsule for later generations to discover.

Headteacher Sue Taylor said the frosted glass jar (above) had been found by accident while builders were digging up a chapel at the United Reformed Church (URC) school

The 'remarkable' artefact had been placed inside one of the chapel's foundation stones (pictured), which was built in 1876, according to the local council

In the capsule, they left a few prayers, information about the school and the surrounding areas, maps and a couple of photographs for inquisitive minds to find in the future.

Mrs Taylor, who has been head teacher at the school for two years, said that the surprisingly discovery feels like history has 'come full circle'. 

She added: 'It's remarkable because our children had only just put their own time capsule under the foundations of the new building so it's just pure coincidence that we found one that people had left for us back in the 1800s.' 

Barrow URC Primary School is a growing school which follows a skills-based curriculum and has a modest intake of up to 30 children each September, according to the school's website.

The United Reformed Church is a Protestant Christian church in the UK with approximately 46,500 members.

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