What we did find was:
- A folder containing plans for a dormer bungalow and a housing development.
- The original metal curtain rail from our dining room.
- Some polystyrene ceiling tiles (what a mercy they weren't installed somewhere in the house!!).
- A box from Bourne and Hollingsworth Department Store on Oxford Street, London, post-marked 1954.
- A sack from Baxton and Guion Potato Merchants in Peterborough, dated 1951.
- A sack from S. Squires and Sons Ltd. in Leicester.
- A moth-eaten dress, most probably 1950's, littered with the bodies of moth larvae. It gives me the shivers just thinking about it. The skirt was tweedy and the top was like a camisole, so maybe it would have had a matching jacket original to go over the top.
- Some wooden planks.
- Sections of polystyrene lagging for pipes.
I wonder what was in the box? Something fancy I bet! It was marked as 'Mrs Watkins, c/o Mrs Thomas', followed by our address. Perhaps Mrs Watkins was a friend or relative of Mrs Thomas? We'd heard from some elderly neighbours that a previous occupant of our house was a vicar, so maybe I should now be looking for Reverend Thomas. I should get my Mum on the case, because she's a Family and Local History expert, even if that's not her day job! Perhaps she can find out why there's such a link to the Midlands, as we're in Wales so those potatoes must have travelled a fair way...
Have you found anything interesting when you've moved into a place?