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Chimney sweep Peter Greaves uncovers pot of coins hidden in Tenterden

06 February 2014
by Tricia Jamieson

Chimney sweep Peter Greaves made an unusual discovery while working on an inglenook fireplace at a house near Tenterden.

Using a video camera to check for cracks and defects, he noticed a small ledge about 6ft up the chimney.

On examination, he could see a small pot at the back of the ledge which he recovered for the homeowner, an elderly lady, by standing in the chimney.

Chimney sweep Peter Greaves found old coins while cleaning an inglenook

Chimney sweep Peter Greaves found old coins while cleaning an inglenook

The pot contained a dozen old coins, one dating back to King George III. The owner is in the process of having them valued.

Mr Greaves said: “Why the coins had been put there is a mystery, but as they were covered in thick soot, they had clearly been there a long time.”

Some of the coins found in the bag up a chimney

Some of the coins found in the bag up a chimney

Last year, Mr Greaves made the headlines when he rescued an owl while cleaning a chimney.

He said: “Chimney cleaning often reveals surprises, usually birds’ nests blocking the flue, but so far the live owl and these coins have been the most interesting.”

 

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