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Century-old message in a bottle found[UK]
The Northern Echo ^ | 20 Dec 2008 | Jim McTaggart

Posted on 12/20/2008 10:52:35 AM PST by BGHater

WHEN a workman started knocking down part of a chimney in a museum he found a letter in a beer bottle that had lain hidden for 102 years.

Stonemason Joe Kipling discovered the bottle as he worked on a major alteration project at the Bowes Museum, in Barnard Castle.

Museum officials were delighted yesterday when they read the letter, which had been handwritten in 1906 by Owen Stanley Scott, who was the curator and secretary of the museum at the time.

It states that the flue was one of a number being blocked up in April 1906 when stoves used to heat the building were superseded by a hot water central heating system.

It goes on: “I wonder if this flue will ever be reopened? If it should be, and this bottle should still survive, the finder may be interested to find this brief record, which I now deposit.

“I, the writer, am the second curator of the museum, and have held the appointment for nearly 22 years. I am nearly fifty four years of age – a Churchman and Conservative, and a Past Master of the Barnard Lodge of Freemasons, No 1230.”

Mr Kipling, who is 18 and lives in Barnard Castle, said: “I was amazed to see the bottle.

Luckily, I managed to pull it clear before pieces of stone could fall on it.

“Once we got the letter out, everyone was thrilled to see that it was written more than 100 years ago. I’m going to get a photocopy of it framed to hang up at home.”

Peter Baker, site manager for the building scheme, said: “It was exciting for all the lads when this relic was found. It gives everyone a lift when an interesting artefact like this is discovered during any building operation.”

The chimney, which stretches from the ground floor to the roof of the building, is being removed to make way for a new archway near the main entrance.

Once the project is completed, the bottle, with its label stating that it once contained Usher’s beer, will be put on display with the letter and an explanation of how it was found.

Adrian Jenkins, presentday director of the museum, which was opened to the public in 1892, said: “It is fascinating to have come across this link to the past. In return, we are planning to put a time capsule somewhere in the walls before the project is completed. Hopefully, it too will be discovered some time in the future.”

Joe Kipling with the message in a bottle


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: bottle; godsgravesglyphs; message; uk

1 posted on 12/20/2008 10:52:36 AM PST by BGHater
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To: BGHater

What kind of beer?


2 posted on 12/20/2008 10:55:35 AM PST by Allegra ( Back in Iraq...how did that vacation go by so quickly??)
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To: Allegra

Usher.


3 posted on 12/20/2008 10:56:59 AM PST by BGHater (Obama is a Neocon.)
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To: uglybiker; MeanWestTexan

> “I, the writer, am the second curator of the museum, and have held the appointment for nearly 22 years. I am nearly fifty four years of age – a Churchman and Conservative, and a Past Master of the Barnard Lodge of Freemasons, No 1230.”

FREEMASONRY PING!


4 posted on 12/20/2008 10:57:37 AM PST by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: BGHater

Now I know why buildings of a certain vintage have all those cute little chimneys all over their roofs. Each room needed it’s own heating stove.

Modern Marvels, indeed.


5 posted on 12/20/2008 10:58:45 AM PST by sinanju
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To: BGHater

Silly note, but beautifully written.


6 posted on 12/20/2008 11:10:25 AM PST by mc6809e
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To: BGHater

7 posted on 12/20/2008 11:32:38 AM PST by JoeProBono ( Loose Associations - Postcards from My Mind)
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To: BGHater

Oi! eees quite posh, innit?

8 posted on 12/20/2008 11:36:13 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: BGHater

We find Confederate money in our old brick work.


9 posted on 12/20/2008 11:42:39 AM PST by blam
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To: martin_fierro

Nice digs! How steep is the rent?


10 posted on 12/20/2008 11:49:07 AM PST by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (Just because I am an Oogedy-Boogedy kind of guy!)
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To: BGHater

Blast from the ancient past, when people rode about in silent, clean electric cars by Studebaker.


11 posted on 12/20/2008 11:52:41 AM PST by RightWhale (We were so young two years ago and the DJIA was 12,000)
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To: BGHater
It's a treasurer map!

Kipling has a tatoo on his right bicep!

The knight in the picture is holding a spear and four fingers are visible. 4

Mr Kipling shows five fingers holding his elbow off the table and two fingers holding the letter! Gulp, 7

Page 47!

I'm working on the code!

12 posted on 12/20/2008 11:56:44 AM PST by Young Werther (Julius Caesar (Quae Cum Ita Sunt. Since these things are so.))
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To: RightWhale
Blast from the ancient past, when people rode about in silent, clean electric cars by Studebaker.

Don't laugh. I know somebody who has one.


13 posted on 12/20/2008 7:58:26 PM PST by uglybiker (1f u c4n r34d th1s u r34lly n33d 2 g3t l41d)
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"I, the writer, am the second curator of the museum, and have held the appointment for nearly 22 years. I am nearly fifty four years of age – a Churchman and Conservative, and a Past Master of the Barnard Lodge of Freemasons, No 1230.”

Thanks for the PING DieHard!

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14 posted on 12/20/2008 8:03:04 PM PST by uglybiker (1f u c4n r34d th1s u r34lly n33d 2 g3t l41d)
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To: uglybiker

I actually did that about 18 years ago - I buried a note in the walls of this house, while building on it.

At the time, it was my parents house.

Wonder if my kids will find it.


15 posted on 12/20/2008 8:08:39 PM PST by patton (T)
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16 posted on 12/20/2008 10:05:16 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, December 6, 2008 !!!)
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To: DieHard the Hunter
Thanks for the ping, my Brother.

Interesting.

17 posted on 12/21/2008 2:21:25 AM PST by PalmettoMason (Can't we all just get along? At least until I'm finished reloading?)
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To: uglybiker

Thanks for the PING UB!

I should have done something like this when my Lodge went dark. Stuffed it in a wall in the East or something.


18 posted on 12/21/2008 4:35:19 AM PST by WakeUpAndVote (Proud member of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy!)
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To: uglybiker

Thanks Brother!!


19 posted on 12/21/2008 6:58:27 AM PST by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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20 posted on 12/21/2008 8:14:13 AM PST by egannacht
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To: patton

Make sure you use acid-free paper — the kind for mounting photographs and certain deeds/records.

Most modern paper dissolves after about 50 years.


21 posted on 12/21/2008 9:59:43 AM PST by MeanWestTexan (Beware Obama's Reichstag fire.)
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To: MeanWestTexan

Too late - it was 15 years ago. I think I scribbled a note on a ripped up beer box.

Well, something was ripped. ;)


22 posted on 12/21/2008 10:01:57 AM PST by patton (T)
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To: BGHater

Great story!


23 posted on 12/21/2008 12:03:08 PM PST by GVnana ("I once dressed as Tina Fey for Halloween." - Sarah Palin)
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To: uglybiker
Thanks for the ping UB!

24 posted on 12/29/2008 6:57:49 PM PST by bd476
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