Time capsule find reveals Gazette hoard

Hemel Hempstead Methodist Church time capsule from 1890.
Hemel Hempstead Methodist Church time capsule from 1890.

A time capsule that was buried inside a church when it was first built back in 1890 has seen the light of day once more.

The 19th century discovery was made when demolition workers were pulling apart the Hemel Hempstead Methodist Church in Marlowes last year.

Hemel Hempstead Methodist Church time capsule from 1890.

Hemel Hempstead Methodist Church time capsule from 1890.

They were working inside the religious building to 
remove memorial stones that had been laid during a 
special ceremony in April 1890 - thought to be when the time capsule was also buried.

Construction worker Darrel Lloyd, of Tring, said: “When one of the labourers was digging up one of the memorial stones there was a bottle behind one of them. The bottle had smashed and there was an old Gazette and a few other bits and pieces - a Christian newspaper and some other stuff.”

A document inside the bottle revealed that the new church building cost £2,100, of which, £1,000 still needed to be raised.

This sum of money is in stark contrast to the cost of the church built in 
Northridge Road following an amalgamation and selling off of Hemel Hempstead’s methodist churches. This new home has cost £2.4 million.

Mr Lloyd took the contents of the time capsule home with him seven months ago and only recently decided to hand the contents over to the Gazette team: “I thought, it is no good sitting in my house doing nothing,” he said.