400-Year-Old Note Found Under Floorboards Gives An Historical Insight Into 17th Century

In a world that has seen many different periods, buildings across the globe give us some of the most interesting and exciting insights into the past. With areas of land that show ancient kingdoms built thousands of years ago as well as the historical buildings that were built so perfectly, with bare hands, after people were ordered to do so by the lands ruling king or queen. We are lucky to be able to see and visit such places and with the hard work that historians and archaeologists do, we are able to understand much more about these places and the people who existed at the time. It is common, that dated building will eventually end up being protected by a trust of some sort, who see it as only right to history, that these places of the past are restored, maintained and honored well as time goes on. It is usually during such projects that exciting items can be found, in which we are given a first-hand look into how many used to live.

Past Time

When it comes to buildings built in the past, without many knowing, the residence can hold historical items that tell of a completely different time, and when restoration work began on an old manor house, workers discovered something under the floorboards that left them in disbelief as well as a sense of excitement.

Not only that, but it dated all the way back to the 17th century, from 1601 through to the 1700s.

Traditional Building With A Secret

The house was nestled deep in the English countryside, a place many see on movies or wish you visit. With traditional cottages, castles, estates, and manors it is a truly stunning area that can really push you back into a forgotten time. The manor house in question was built centuries ago and is time-honored in all sense.

A stone building with green vine wrapping its way up the turret’s of the entrance area, it was there high into the attic, that the item, dating from 1603 was found. In a room full of dust and cobwebs, the workers were told all objects had been cleared out of the space, but that wasn’t the case.

Standing The Test Of Time

Way back in 1445, construction work began to build a manor house, in an area called Sevenoaks in England. While the home operated as a normal home for an established family for around 11 years, it was then taken over and transformed into something completely different. As the Archbishops of Canterbury took the building into their control, it was transformed into a medieval palace.

This was one of the first changes to the property that saw it evolve into the stunning place it is today and throughout its time, it has withstood some of the many periods of tumultuous times.

Leaving Things Behind

The home was given the name Knole, and since the start of the 17th century, the wealthy Sackville family has owned the manor and its surrounding land. In the past, with many people’s appreciation for the buildings fantastic architecture and their curiosity at what a building such as this one must look like inside, the family decided to open sections of the house up to visitors and claimed some of the rooms as showrooms.

It was then, 350 years later, that the property was handed over. Was it at this time that the historical phenomenon got left behind?

Appreciation Of The Find

At that time, a member of the Sackville family, given the title of 4th Baron, believed the best thing to do was to pass the property onto a trust who would be able to maintain the building in all of its glory, and ensure that its history could continue to be passed on through time. Important buildings are overseen by the National Trust, and even with their long list of ancient buildings, the find at this particular manor was one that filled them with thrill.

Once the house was in the official hands of the charity, the estate became a place that many others could enjoy, and indeed they did and still very much do!

Message From The Past

When the workers came across the find, the current residents of the Sackville family could not quite believe it. For something so precious to have been there all of this all this time without anyone knowing, and everyone was very curious as to why it had been hidden under the floorboards.

It was almost as if the original owner had a message they wanted to pass on into the future. And that is exactly what they did.

Renovation Project

The manor house boasted of around 420 rooms, with members of the Sackville family still living in the west wing of the estate. Now that the building was in the hands of the National Trust, it meant that most workers taking part in the restoration were volunteers, with a love for history, so the find was an added bonus to them.

It was back in 2014 that vigorous works began as part of a five-year project, and it was down to the volunteers and some archaeologists to put the plan into action, and it was the idea of one individual that led them to discover the find, way back from 1633.

Hidden Under The Floorboards

Securing a restoration project is always the first thing on the list, and the team started in the attic and began work on the floorboards and what was lying underneath. Between the rafters, there were gaps, where things could have easily fallen through them over time. Low and behold, as the team began to tear the floorboards up, the works would come to a halt as they made some interesting finds.

On projects such as this, it is quite common to find regularly used items under the floorboards, but they didn’t expect this.

On The Top Floor

The team of volunteers had all been specially trained to be involved in such projects and it was a member of the archaeology team, named Jim Parker, who came to make the incredible discovery at Knole manor.

After working through many of the ravishing rooms, including the gallery and ballroom, it was unusual for them to find something in the very top room of the house.