Newspapers from the 1950s

When we took up the flooring in the hall we found newspapers from the 1970s. But when we took up the floorboards to put in the central heating in the upstairs sitting room we found some even older papers from the 1950s.

It seems that it coincided with Ascot based on the coverage.

for queen and commonwealth no less!

 and then some lighter material…


all very reasonably priced.

and some adverts from the time.

One of the papers ran a strangely familiar article. They sent a little old lady out to see if anyone would offer their seats, help her across the road etc. No one did, conclusion the country has gone down hill – not like the good old days!

Hold the front page

So we’re in. We’ve taken a lot of  “before” photos which I will post up here shortly when I have organised them. 

The first things to happen will be big ones. We have to rewire the house and also get central heating fitted. That’s going to take some weeks and will start in two weeks time.

However over the weekend we started taking a look at things. We pulled up the carpet in the hall. Here’s a before…

And here’s an after showing boards in a pretty good state.

But what I wanted to post here was some of the newspapers we found which allows us to date the floor. Carpet was put down in 1977, we know as we found this…

And under the carpet was lino from 1974 and according to this shot a dachshund.

The archeological evidence…

And some ads from the time

So the conclusion is that this carpet really had been there a long time.