BUILDERS working on a church renovation in Frodsham unearthed a time capusle with an 19th century copy of the Warrington Guardian.

The sealed glass jar, which was buried on November 18, 1876, contained a list of people involved in the building project, a Warrington Guardian newspaper and a Methodist journal.

It was found in a hollowed out block of stone built in the front wall of The Bourne Methodist Church on Main Street.

The Bourne Methodist Chapel and Schoolhouse was officially opened on July 11, 1878. The chapel and linked schoolhouse continued in use for over a century until the final service was held in Easter 1987.

The project architect from Ollier Smurthwaite Architects, Matt Ollier, said: “We had no idea we were going to find a time capsule.

“The capsule and contents will be presented to the Reverend Denise Harding the minister of Frodsham, Oakmere and Tarvin Methodist Churches.

“Copies of the documents will be permanently displayed in the entrance lobby of the chapel.”