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Beeston Castle Time Capsule

29th March 2019

We are on site at Beeston Castle, Cheshire, for English Heritage. Our team is taking down the existing WC block and will be building a replacement, setting the new standard for visitor facilities at English Heritage’s properties.

We have been carefully taking down the 1960’s walls and our site manager was thrilled to see a matchbox tumble out, containing a scrap of paper with a mason’s name and the date of 21st August 1964. English Heritage’s Beeston Castle site team launched a social media campaign, #TheSearchForMartinGoulding. Miraculously, he was found after just a few days!

Our team was absolutely delighted to take part in his reunion with the time capsule and some former colleagues.

Martin said:

“It’s brought back some old memories, and I’ve met some old friends and made some new ones. I never dreamed when I put that in the wall nearly 55 years ago that we’d be back here reminiscing more than half a century later! I encourage everyone to pay Beeston Castle a visit. It’s a fantastic spot, and I consider it my spiritual home.”

Chris, our site manager, was delighted to meet Martin after finding his hidden treasure and said:

“It was amazing to find it. The modern 1960’s wall was coming down in big chunks and something just caught my eye. I couldn’t believe it! Finding it is one thing but it’s all the more remarkable to find the actual man who put it in there, some 55 years ago.”

Stone Edge and the Beeston Castle team will be placing a time capsule within the new wall, to honour the tradition.

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