Couple renovating home find 70-year-old handwritten note buried in their wall

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A couple were left stunned after finding a note hidden inside their wall which was written 70 years ago.

Karl Church, 49, and his partner Eve Jones, 48, were in the midst of renovating their bungalow in Kingsthorpe when they came across the letter.

The message was written by John Rainbow in 1953 after he decided to install patio doors in his home, reports Northants Live.

The note read: “Bricklayer rate 3/6 ½. February 17 1953. J. Rainbow, 122 Kingsland Avenue, age 50.”

Now, the couple is trying to track down the author’s descendants.

Eve posted a picture of the amazing time capsule on the Northampton Photos and Social History Facebook page in an effort to find Mr Rainbow’s relatives to return it to them.

She said: “My boyfriend was having the back window knocked out in one of the downstairs rooms.

“When that was being done they found this tin in the wall with the note in.

“He was thinking should he go knock on 122 Kingsland Avenue but the chance of the descendants being in that house are minimal really.

“It was put it in a drawer and forgotten about it but he got it out the other day and decided to find the original descendants of Mr Rainbow.

“I popped it in the Facebook group yesterday and it has attracted quite a bit of interest.”

Members of the group quickly worked out that the note belonged to a John W Rainbow who was alive from 1902 to 1993, and who was living at 204 Birchfield Road East from 1939 to 1946.

He was married to Lillian Luck, and the couple had two daughters together, one of whom was Phyllis, born in 1925, who later became Mrs Green and Iris, born in 1926, who became Mrs Mills.

The couple is also believed to now have a number of grandchildren born in the 1950s and 1960s.

Eve said: “It seemed that they were living in Birchfield Road in Abington where, strangely enough, I grew up.

“John William Rainbow was born in 1902 which tallies with the date because, on the note, it said he was 50 years old and it was written in 1953.

“He seems to have had two children but no sons. He worked for London, Midland and Scottish Railway company and was a bricklayer employed by them.”

One user on the group also shared a clipping on a newspaper that showed that Mr Rainbow won more than £2,000 on the football pools which his daughter Iris filled out for him.

The article said that Iris’s fiance Wally Mills would “give her a kiss every time she checked a box” causing the family to win a prize.

Eve added: “I don’t like posting in groups. I put it on and thought ‘oh god it’s just gonna get ignored’.

“If it was getting embarrassing I would have just taken it down but then I spent all day yesterday doing admin on it after the responses.

“There do seem to be quite a few Rainbows around Northamptonshire.

“It’s strange how we seem to have pinpointed the guy but nobody’s come forward yet to say he was a relative.”