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Builders to rebury time capsule
Old Methodist Church
A photo from the capsule shows how the church used to look
A glass time capsule dating back 107 years has been found by builders working on a former Leicester church.

Workmen found the capsule at the old Methodist church on Fosse Road North which, together with a nearby school, is being converted into flats.

It was discovered when they took a stone out of a wall.

The capsule contains historical items including The Leicester Post and a London paper and details of the finance behind the building of the church.

The documents show how life has changed in the last 100 years, but also how some things may not be so different after all.

Old Methodist Church - today
And how the site looks today - with a busier street scene
The historical papers show it was possible to rent a home in Fosse Road North for 30 a year.

Historian Cynthia Brown said: "It is a lovely snapshot of Leicester in October 1898."

She added: "There is a letter complaining about young people hanging around the streets because they have got nothing else to do."

It also explains how the church moved home to make way for the Great Central Railway. The line opened in 1899 and closed piecemeal in the 1960s.

The workmen are going to put the capsule back and include some more up to date items ready to be rediscovered at a later date.

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