Couple find 50-year-old note while renovating fireplace revealing how much former owner paid for the home

An old letter in an envelope
The note was found in an old fireplace that detailed how much the home was bought for over 50 years ago (Image credit: Getty Images)

A couple made a charming discovery inside their fireplace after finding a previous owner had left a note detailing how much he bought the house for over 50 years ago.

Kathryn Stutely, 50, and her partner Neil found the note in their home in Wiltshire they bought for £292,000 in 2019 as they were clearing out the old fireplace while renovating the home.

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News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.