Time capsule buried in Epworth - home of the Wesleys and birthplace of Methodism
A TIME capsule has been laid in the floor of Epworth's St Andrew's Church to mark the mid-point of the £800,000 renovation project and to leave a piece of history for future generations to find.
The church's restoration committee compiled the box with 60 items of historical importance and interest, including copies of a DVD featuring the last 60 years of life in Epworth made to mark the Queen's Jubilee, a thank you letter from the Queen for the DVD, a copy of the Scunthorpe Telegraph, a wooden candlestick made from wood of the old bell frame in 1938 and photographs taken during restoration.
The Reverend Ian Walker said: "It's a great thing for future generations. The items give a varied picture of life in the church and life in Epworth at this time."
During renovation work, a tomb with around 10 lead coffins was discovered.
Workmen made the discovery as they made preparations to lay down a limestone tile floor.
Melyvn Rose, chairman of the church's restoration committee, said once the discovery was made they withdrew tools and left that part of the church untouched.
He said: "It's believed to be the tomb of the Barnards. There is probably more on the other side of the floor but we aren't going to touch it because we don't want to be invasive."