John Grimley, who is from Stafford, recently discovered a forgotten stack of old newspapers which had been built up by his family since 1820s. His great grandparents, grandparents and his parents have cherished the collection of newspapers, which cover the years from 1823 to 1827. According to John, the papers may have been saved as they contain articles about members of the family.
Originally, John’s family lived in Abbots Bromley until 1957, when they moved to Blythe Bridge to open a butcher’s shop. He believes that The Staffordshire Advertiser was printed in Stafford and used to be the family’s local paper.
The newspapers have been carefully stored, meaning they can still be read today. At the age of 23, John purchased the butcher’s shop with his father, together working for the Ministry of Food. Eventually, the family ended up with an abattoir and two shops, although they had closed down after 45 years in the trade.
The newspapers had been forgotten about until recently when John’s wife stumbled across them. In addition to the newspapers, some books from the 1800s have also been discovered, including a rare copy of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.
Although it is a rare occurrence to discover hidden family treasures like this, it is possible to find treasures at antiques dealers. Browsing the local shops may reveal a hidden treasure which has been part of a family heirloom, like an antique desk. Lancashire has a number of dealers with items which may have been passed down through generations.
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