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Cupboard at Hove tower block closed for more than 30 years reveals its secrets

The Argus: Mysterious cupboard closed for more than 30 years reveals its secrets Mysterious cupboard closed for more than 30 years reveals its secrets

A mysterious cupboard that remained sealed for more than three decades has been opened - revealing a larder of preserves and canned goods.

Ronald Mclintock, caretaker of Victoria Court in Grand Avenue, Hove, made the find after questioniong why no one had opened the door on the eleventh floor of the tower block.

The key had long since been lost and Mr Mclintock did not know what to expect when he took an angle grinder to the lock.

He said: “It was pure curiosity. I thought it was just going to be full of rubbish so when I popped it open I got quite a shock.

“No one can throw any light on where it all came from.”

The cupboard is at the top the stairwell next to the access point for the building's tank room.

The contents of the cupboard are post decimal 1971 but still have half pence on their prices, which were abolished in 1984 - placing the cupboards final closing sometime in those thirteen years.

Mr Mclintock said: “Apart from an exploded tin of prunes, it was in perfect condition.”

The well organized cupboard contained items including canned soups, baked beans, several large jars of coffee, unused pots and pans, a variety of cleaning products, powdered milk and jars of preserves.

The items still had price labels on them including from shops such as Sainsburys, Waitrose and simply tagged “International”.

No one in Victoria Court knows why the items would have been stored in such an unusual place or who may have put them there.

Mr Mclintock said: “The seventies was a very uncertain time, with the miner's strikes, the three day week and the cold war - so maybe someone was preparing for the apocalypse.

“I am reluctant to dispose of it as it is a little treasure trove of history.

“Whoever stocked it up must have spent a fortune.”

If you think you know who may have stocked up the cupboard and who held the key call The Argus on 01273 544545.

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6:10am Mon 31 Mar 14

twonk says...

*Breaking News*
Man opens cupboard. Updates to follow.
*Breaking News* Man opens cupboard. Updates to follow. twonk
  • Score: -3

7:29am Mon 31 Mar 14

RK_Brighton says...

Wow, this is really interesting. Hope they find out who put it all there. Will be great to know if it was someone preparing for the worst to happen.
Wow, this is really interesting. Hope they find out who put it all there. Will be great to know if it was someone preparing for the worst to happen. RK_Brighton
  • Score: 41

8:11am Mon 31 Mar 14

upsidedowntuctuc says...

Next week shock exclusive of my loft space Large cobwebs and useless tat hidden for 30 years...
Next week shock exclusive of my loft space Large cobwebs and useless tat hidden for 30 years... upsidedowntuctuc
  • Score: -18

9:02am Mon 31 Mar 14

philmortimer says...

Simply tagged International because it came from the International Stores, which with others, became Keymarkets, then Gateway.
Simply tagged International because it came from the International Stores, which with others, became Keymarkets, then Gateway. philmortimer
  • Score: 35

12:04pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Pebbles says...

"Apart from an exploded tin of prunes"

I'll stick to All-Bran then.....
"Apart from an exploded tin of prunes" I'll stick to All-Bran then..... Pebbles
  • Score: 14

12:29pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Stoney33 says...

Pebbles wrote:
"Apart from an exploded tin of prunes"

I'll stick to All-Bran then.....
theres some irony in there somewhere
[quote][p][bold]Pebbles[/bold] wrote: "Apart from an exploded tin of prunes" I'll stick to All-Bran then.....[/p][/quote]theres some irony in there somewhere Stoney33
  • Score: 3

12:37pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Greyrun says...

Fascinating not.
Fascinating not. Greyrun
  • Score: -17

1:24pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Lord Tilford says...

"The contents of the cupboard are post decimal 1971 but still have half pence on their prices, which were abolished in 1984 - placing the cupboards final closing sometime in those thirteen years."

No it doesn't Sherlock. All that means is that some of the items were purchased pre-1984. Some may have been purchased 6 months ago.
"The contents of the cupboard are post decimal 1971 but still have half pence on their prices, which were abolished in 1984 - placing the cupboards final closing sometime in those thirteen years." No it doesn't Sherlock. All that means is that some of the items were purchased pre-1984. Some may have been purchased 6 months ago. Lord Tilford
  • Score: -13

1:31pm Mon 31 Mar 14

tom servo says...

Over the weekend I lifted up our living room carpet to find some newspaper underneath dating from the 80's....... oi Argus...... hold the front page!!

Yawn.
Over the weekend I lifted up our living room carpet to find some newspaper underneath dating from the 80's....... oi Argus...... hold the front page!! Yawn. tom servo
  • Score: -9

1:43pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Quiterie says...

Blimey, what a miserable lot you are!

I think it's really interesting.... like opening a time capsule.
Blimey, what a miserable lot you are! I think it's really interesting.... like opening a time capsule. Quiterie
  • Score: 36

3:43pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Daily Mail Readers For David Cameron says...

I love how the Argus failed to include a photo of the only remotely interesting thing about this story. The actual contents of the cupboard.
I love how the Argus failed to include a photo of the only remotely interesting thing about this story. The actual contents of the cupboard. Daily Mail Readers For David Cameron
  • Score: 8

5:25pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Minion says...

Daily Mail Readers For David Cameron wrote:
I love how the Argus failed to include a photo of the only remotely interesting thing about this story. The actual contents of the cupboard.
There WAS a video... It seems to have been taken down.
[quote][p][bold]Daily Mail Readers For David Cameron[/bold] wrote: I love how the Argus failed to include a photo of the only remotely interesting thing about this story. The actual contents of the cupboard.[/p][/quote]There WAS a video... It seems to have been taken down. Minion
  • Score: 5

7:26pm Mon 31 Mar 14

me007 says...

upsidedowntuctuc wrote:
Next week shock exclusive of my loft space Large cobwebs and useless tat hidden for 30 years...
Wow, 30 years! ...But you were found eventually. Lucky lucky us!
[quote][p][bold]upsidedowntuctuc[/bold] wrote: Next week shock exclusive of my loft space Large cobwebs and useless tat hidden for 30 years...[/p][/quote]Wow, 30 years! ...But you were found eventually. Lucky lucky us! me007
  • Score: 3

10:15pm Mon 31 Mar 14

FatherTed11 says...

zzzzzzzzz
zzzzzzzzz FatherTed11
  • Score: 0

10:35pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Athena says...

philmortimer wrote:
Simply tagged International because it came from the International Stores, which with others, became Keymarkets, then Gateway.
Then Somerfield.
[quote][p][bold]philmortimer[/bold] wrote: Simply tagged International because it came from the International Stores, which with others, became Keymarkets, then Gateway.[/p][/quote]Then Somerfield. Athena
  • Score: 2

11:26pm Mon 31 Mar 14

JoeBlow says...

While the article may not be earth-shatteringly exciting, it isn't as bad as all the monotonous posts about boring articles.
While the article may not be earth-shatteringly exciting, it isn't as bad as all the monotonous posts about boring articles. JoeBlow
  • Score: 2

9:00am Tue 1 Apr 14

Dan Gleballs says...

Quiterie wrote:
Blimey, what a miserable lot you are!

I think it's really interesting.... like opening a time capsule.
If you want to go back in time, then visit Whitehawk, Moulsecoombe or Hastings
[quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: Blimey, what a miserable lot you are! I think it's really interesting.... like opening a time capsule.[/p][/quote]If you want to go back in time, then visit Whitehawk, Moulsecoombe or Hastings Dan Gleballs
  • Score: 3

10:15pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Mancgulled says...

right that's it!!! I am off upstairs and I'm going to open that cupboard right now! Knew I should have done it years ago before any other smartarse thought of it!! ****! Condemned to a life of mediocrity!
right that's it!!! I am off upstairs and I'm going to open that cupboard right now! Knew I should have done it years ago before any other smartarse thought of it!! ****! Condemned to a life of mediocrity! Mancgulled
  • Score: 1

5:29am Wed 2 Apr 14

sabbat36 says...

The miners strike.
Yep would have really affected grand avenue Hove, back in 1984.

What utter balderdash.
The miners strike. Yep would have really affected grand avenue Hove, back in 1984. What utter balderdash. sabbat36
  • Score: 3

8:27am Wed 2 Apr 14

andyfm says...

How come The Argus have not shown a picture of a "FIRE ENGINE", or "POLICE DO NOT CROSS" on this story????
How come The Argus have not shown a picture of a "FIRE ENGINE", or "POLICE DO NOT CROSS" on this story???? andyfm
  • Score: 2

9:34pm Wed 2 Apr 14

tribaleye says...

No use-by dates on any of that stuff then?!
No use-by dates on any of that stuff then?! tribaleye
  • Score: 2

9:59pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Minion says...

tribaleye wrote:
No use-by dates on any of that stuff then?!
I think use by dates started in the 80s. But to be honest, I wasn't really alive before the 80s so I can't vouch for it.
[quote][p][bold]tribaleye[/bold] wrote: No use-by dates on any of that stuff then?![/p][/quote]I think use by dates started in the 80s. But to be honest, I wasn't really alive before the 80s so I can't vouch for it. Minion
  • Score: 0

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