VIDEO: Discovery at Epworth Old Rectory

A unique piece of history has been found at Epworth’s Old Rectory, where renovation work is underway.

A small pointed shoe was discovered in a void in the kitchen wall – bricked up behind the oldest beams that suggests it could be over 300 years old.

The Rev Claire Potter with the newly discovered shoe.

The Rev Claire Potter with the newly discovered shoe.

The Old Rectory was the childhood home of John and Charles Wesley, who founded a movement that went on to become the world-wide Methodist Church, and it is thought the shoe comes from the time that the Wesleys lived at Epworth

Museum curator, the Rev Claire Potter, said: “It could be a man’s or a lady’s shoe and it shows evidence of repair suggesting it was not new when it was put there. The house will be 304 years old this December, so this shoe could be older than that.”

For more information about the exciting find and what it could mean, see this week’s Epworth Bells.