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Guildhall Restoration Marked By Hiding Modern Objects

Published on: 30 Nov, 2012
Updated on: 30 Nov, 2012

A pair of shoes, a collection of modern coins, a letter and a local newspaper have been hidden in the Guildhall’s roof space to mark the completion of restoration work. By concealing the items, borough council staff are continuing a tradition that dates back at least 700 years. 

Pictured in the roof space of Guildford Guildhall, are, from left, the borough council’s customer operations and communications manager, Helen Gregory; collections assistant Bee Smyth; and hospitality officer Charles Robinson.

Cllr Jen Powell, lead councillor for sport, leisure and culture, said: “Buildings across Europe and the USA sometimes have objects hidden away in their foundations, in repaired walls or under floorboards. The most common concealed objects include bottles, clothing and shoes.

“The earliest shoe found so far dates from the early 1300s. Guildford Museum has several ‘concealed shoes’ in its collection dating from the 16th to 19th centuries.

“By concealing a pair of shoes, a small collection of 2012 coins, a letter from our heritage services team and a copy of a local newspaper, we are continuing this long tradition for future generations.”

Work to restore the roof of the historic Guildhall in Guildford High Street is now complete. Other improvements include an upgraded sound system and presentation equipment.

Guildford town guides offer free tours of the building on Mondays at 2pm. The venue is also available for private hire, including business meetings and functions.

For more information call 01483 444751 or email

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