Huge holes, The Observer, a shoe and an elephant!
The builders found very old wallpaper over newspaper between the windows of the front lounge, after carefully unpeeling as much as possible it was found to be from The Observer dated July 1831!
When the ceiling in No 8 came down an ancient child’s hobnail shoe fell from above the fireplace onto the builders head, and a much loved but very long lost woolly cream elephant was found in the corner of the attic.
As a tradition, children’s shoes were put into the ceiling above fireplaces to ward off witches. As we have never had any known problems with witches the shoe has been carefully replaced. As for the elephant-it has been reunited with its owner after 60 years!