Can you help Wokingham woman Su identify her treasures found in the trash?

40-year mystery needs solving

A grandmother from Wokingham is asking for help to solve a 40-year mystery.

Su McArthur used to live on the, “cinder track”, an unmade piece of road at the end of Wescott Road in Wokingham and once found some unusual metal sculptures.

She was prompted to contact The Wokingham Paper in a fresh bid to crack the case, following our story two weeks ago of Mike Nicholls, who had found a perfectly preserved glass bottle from the former Wellington Brewery in his garden.

She said the terrace she lived in had a communal path at the rear with gardens beyond it which were a popular play area.

“The houses were Edwardian, and the gardens seemed to have been used as rubbish tips at some stage,” said Su.

“Children would dig the ground pretending they were looking for treasure and they ended up finding all sorts of things.

“These included a bedspring base, lots of broken crockery, a small china doll’s head and some very unusual metal sculptures.

“One looks like an angel with one wing while another appears to be a soldier or some sort of figure, and there is also a battle scene.”

READ MORE: Perfectly preserved glass bottle from Wellington Brewery found in Wokingham garden

Su said she kept the items and tried to find out where they may have come from.

“I asked an historian group in the library, but they couldn’t throw any light on what they were or what they were once a part of.

“Even the local school were puzzled although it was suggested they could have formed part of a gravestone.

“I think they may have once been part of a fireplace or range, but I don’t even know what type of metal they are made of.”

Sue now lives in another part of the town but would still love to discover what the artefacts are and how they ended up in the ground.

“I’d be grateful for any information people could offer,” she added.

“I have had them for so long, but their use is still a mystery.”

If you can help, contact The Wokingham Paper by emailing or writing to The Wokingham Paper, Crown House, 231 Kings Road, Reading RG1 4LS, and we will pass on the information to Su.

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