A TIME capsule discovered during the demolition of a former Huddersfield school has been given a new home – at another school.
Artefacts dating back to 1873, which were found in the capsule during the demolition of the former Stile Common Infant and Nursery School, at Plane Street, Newsome, have been handed over to headteacher Dawn Horton.
Its contents – a hymn book, local newspaper, book of school rules and conditions and a poster giving details of the laying of the foundation stone – all in remarkable condition – will now be displayed at Hillside Primary School.
The newspaper is The Huddersfield Weekly News and South West Yorkshire Record dated Saturday, November 22, 1873.
One of the stories was headed Terrible Struggle Between A Thief And A Dog while another was about a night shift worker at a mill found “frightfully mangled’’ the next morning.
The hymn book was dated January 13, 1873 and was the Huddersfield School Board Hymn Book featuring 180 hymns from several religions.
A card from the man who laid the original foundation stone read: “I declare this stone duly laid but I wish the job was over. I wish the finder good luck.’’
Hillside opened in 2009 and replaced Stile Common Infant and Nursery School and Stile Common Junior School at Headfield Road.
The Plane Street building had been empty since November 2009. Its demolition is still on-going.
A Kirklees Council spokesman said stone would be retained by the demolition contractor and would offset the cost.