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Last Updated: Saturday, 11 September, 2004, 09:53 GMT 10:53 UK
Boscastle time capsule discovery
Emergency services have worked to clear the debris
Several buildings were demolished by the flash flood
A 10-year-old time capsule washed out to sea in floods which devastated the Cornish village of Boscastle has turned up 60 miles away.

The glass coffee jar was hidden in the rafters of the historic Harbour Light shop in the north Cornwall village. The grade II-listed building was among those which took the brunt of a wall of water which caused millions of pounds worth of damage on 16 August.

The 450-year-old building was reduced to rubble but the glass jar survived.

It had been assembled and hidden in the roof of the building in 1994 by the previous owner of the shop, Norman Webber.

As well as photographs, it contained a note written by him detailing the last flood to hit the village in June, 1958.

The capsule was found at Woolacombe beach, north Devon, by artist London-based Katrina Bovill, who was on holiday there.

She said: "When I opened it I realised it came from Boscastle."

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