Interesting Artefacts

The cottage has yielded one or two interesting little trinkets, this is not surprising given the age of the building. here are our favourites:

We found this buried beneath the floorboards on top of the wall-plate adjacent to what used to be the first floor workroom/loft space. This had me thinking it was something to do with
fishing and nets, until the obvious was pointed out to me – it is the carpenter’s gauge for setting out the external weatherboarding to a consistent overlap! So simple. The metal top would have been attached by a lanyard to the carpenter’s belt whilst he hammered away at the nails securing the boarding to the frame. We wonder if this belonged to William (Chippie) Thorp. Over the past few months we’ve removed a good many of his rusting nails!

Grubbing around in the Thames Estuary you might find any number of the hollow clay stems associated with the traditional tobacco pipes – we found this almost complete clay pipe when clearing out the debris from the larger of the two sheds. We wonder if this belonged to Fred Joscelyne the blacksmith (see pages 5 and 11 of the Heritage Assessment).

This beautiful little enamel and cast bronze badge, was clearly intended to be fitted to the motor car the oil was intended for. We found this one tucked into the bricks of the smaller ground floor shed, close to the old work bench and remains of some old lead-acid batteries. This is the second such badge found at the property, an identical one was discovered by the previous owner and gifted to the Leigh Society. There is no trace now of Beresford Grand Garage, but according to the Leigh Society, “Leslie Beresford died in 1937 and it looks as if his garage was on the site of the Overton’s Garage now the car park” behind the Grand Hotel and next to Henry’s Burgers.

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