Waldringfield: Man rediscovers tiny time capsule he hid in the wall of his childhood home 60 years ago

Max Pemberton visited his childhood home in Charsfield where the current owner found a polish tin he placed in a wall 61 years ago. Max Pemberton visited his childhood home in Charsfield where the current owner found a polish tin he placed in a wall 61 years ago.

Tom Potter tom.potter@archant.co.uk
Thursday, August 7, 2014
1:09 PM

When 78-year-old Max Pemberton revisited his childhood home, he expected a few memories to come flooding back.

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The note written by Max Pemberton in 1953The note written by Max Pemberton in 1953

But when the new owner handed him a rusty old boot polish tin and a scrap of notepaper, he was suddenly sent back 60 years to the moment he planted a tiny time capsule for the ages.

Mr Pemberton was strolling through Charsfield, near Wickham Market, with his wife Margaret, when he suggested dropping by the house in which he was born and raised.

They arrived to find the new owner in the garden and soon got chatting about Mr Pemberton’s formative years in the house.

After being invited in for a look round, a small tin of black Cherry Blossom boot polish was produced.

The boot polish tin planted in the wall of Max Pemberton's old home in 1953The boot polish tin planted in the wall of Max Pemberton's old home in 1953

“The new owner said she had been working on the house and that she had pulled down the old bathroom wall and found something,” said Mr Pemberton, who now lives on the other side of Woodbridge, in Waldringfield.

“Inside the tin was a note I’d written when the wall was being built in 1953.

“I was a teenager at the time and had completely forgotten about ever writing it. I was only reminded when I saw it again.”

The note reads: “This bath-room was added to this house in its 29th year, by R.S. Pemberton (owner) and W. Osborne in the year 1953 in October.

“Signed: M. Pemberton [son] 17.10.1953.”

Mr Pemberton, who spent the first 27 years of his life in the same house in Charsfield, a village his family had lived in for more than 300 years, said: “It was a very strange feeling when I held the tin and the note in my hand. It’s something I never thought I’d see again.”

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