Chance discovery leads to 124-year-old trowel’s return to Haverhill

Christopher Gurteen, right, holds the trowel as he stands next to the foundation stone. With him is Rev Leslie Shorten

Christopher Gurteen, right, holds the trowel as he stands next to the foundation stone. With him is Rev Leslie Shorten

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A trowel that was presented to a prominent figure in Haverhill at the laying of a church’s foundation stone has passed back into his family again - 124 years later.

The silver trowel was given to Daniel Gurteen Junior JP on November 19, 1890 after he laid the stone at what is now the West End Congregational Church in Withersfield Road.

Christopher Gurteen with the trowel used by his great great uncle Daniel Gurteen to commemorate the building of a Sunday school in 1890 ANL-140520-091745009
Christopher Gurteen with the trowel used by his great great uncle Daniel Gurteen to commemorate the building of a Sunday school in 1890 ANL-140520-091745009

Where it subsequently went is something of a mystery, but a few weeks ago Mr Guteen’s great great nephew, Christopher Gurteen, was told by a friend that he had spotted a number of items connected to the family name in an auction lot.

 

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