Surprise find in desk offers a look into past

Mark Sugden, from Sugden and Daughters Antiques, Desborough, beside the 1920's roll-top bureau where he found various items which included a photo and letter that used to belong to a Wellingborough man.
Mark Sugden, from Sugden and Daughters Antiques, Desborough, beside the 1920's roll-top bureau where he found various items which included a photo and letter that used to belong to a Wellingborough man.
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A fascinating discovery inside a desk which was sold at auction has offered a glimpse into the early life of a well-known Wellingborough man.

Mark Sugden, of furniture restorers Sugden and Daughters, bought the 1920s roll-top desk in early January.

However, it was only when Mr Sugden began to dismantle the desk so he could move it up a flight of stairs that he found some coins, receipts, a sporting record and a letter penned by former Wellingborough man Brian Huckle when he was 13 years old.

Former shopkeeper Mr Huckle died in April last year at the age of 79.

In the letter, the young Brian explains how his family owns three shops and says he thinks the enclosed coins, a penny and two farthings, will be worth ‘quite a lot’ in the future because they will be more than 100 years old.

Mr Sugden was able to track down Mr Huckle’s son Dr Nick Huckle, who teaches French at Boston University. He said: “My dad loved people, and he always had a profoundly optimistic outlook on life; so, it is fitting that, as a child, he would be thinking about the future like this.”

After hearing about the time capsule, Mr Huckle’s daughter Judy Hopkins, who lives in Cheltenham, bought the desk from Mr Sugden, saying the discovery had ‘pulled her heartstrings’.

She had sold it at auction only recently.