max temp: 11°C

min temp: 10°C

ESTD 1874 Search

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

13:09 07 August 2014

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.

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

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.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Tributes have been paid to 31-year-old Lee Pennycuick who died on Friday

The father of a popular Sunday league football player who died suddenly at the age of 31 has described his caring son as someone who would never walk by when others needed help.

Lily Alexander, aged 4, with Dad Judge Dredd from Bury St Edmunds
- Mark Westley Photography

Stormtroopers marched the streets of Bury St Edmunds this weekend as Moyse’s Hall unveiled its acclaimed annual science fiction exhibition.

Ivy Pound at Sudbury Cancer Reasearch UK shop
with buskers who have won an award,  Joe Snell ( left ) and Toby Halls 

Teenage heroes Joe Snell and Toby Halls discovered yesterday they will get the chance to record at the world-famous Maida Vale music studios in London after winning a BBC Radio 1 Teen Hero Award.

Celebrate Halloween at events across Suffolk.

It’s nearly Halloween and there is a variety of events across Suffolk this half term to keep your little monsters entertained no matter what their age.

A house fire in Kirby Cross is believed to have started in a tumble dryer

Firefighters tackled a house fire in Kirby Cross this afternoon.

Police were deployed to the scene

An armed police officer was called to Kesgrave as a safety precaution after a report was received of an injured dog today.

Magistrates' Court in Ipswich

A disqualified motorist banned for a drink-drive related offence was caught driving again while nearly four-and-a-half times the limit within two hours of his conviction.

Most read

Great Days Out


Click here to view
the Great Days Out


Show Job Lists

Don't miss


Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24