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Lost & Found

A UK man returned a library book his mother had checked out circa 76 years ago.
Book returned to library in England after nearly 76 years

A British library said it has a new record for an overdue book after a tome was recently returned nearly 76 years after its due date.

The Bradford Council's Keighley Library in England said officials recently received an email from Charlie Studdy, who found a play called This Way To The Tomb by Ronald Duncan while sorting through some of his family's books. ...

The book bore markers from the library and had a due date of July 17, 1946. ...

Studdy hand-delivered the book to the library. He said his deceased mother, Eileen Hoyle, must have checked the book out while she was living in nearby Haworth.

Librarians calculated the book would have amassed $4,357.86 in late fees at the current rate, but officials chose to waive the fine. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2022/06/22/Keighley-Library-76-years-overdue/3141655927457/
A stowaway cat was discovered on a delivery truck in Scotland. Identifying its home is difficult, because the cat could have boarded the truck at any of several locations over a broad area.
Stowaway cat on delivery truck could have come from any of several cities

Animal rescuers in Scotland said they are trying to solve the mystery of a cat that stowed away on a delivery truck -- and may have come from any of several locations in Scotland and England.

The Scottish SPCA said the cat, dubbed Maverick by rescuers, was brought to the rescue group after being found aboard a delivery truck. ...

Officials said they are trying to track down the feline's owner, but the situation is complicated because they don't know when the feline boarded the truck.

The truck started its journey in Barsley, England, and the vehicle then traveled to Scotland and stopped in North Berwick, Edinburgh, Kirkcaldy, Dundee, Perth and Glasgow before the cat was discovered in Bridge of Weir. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2022/06/22/scotland-stowaway-cat-delivery-truck/8931655918248/
A UK man was reunited with his iPhone, which he'd lost in the River Wye 10 months earlier. It was still working ...
iPhone returned to owner after 10 months underwater in British river

An iPhone lost in a British river during a bachelor party was returned to its owner after being found in the water 10 months later -- and it still worked.

Miguel Pacheco said he found the phone in the water while canoeing with his family this month in the River Wye in Cinderford, Gloucestershire ...

"I didn't think it was any good. It was full of water" ...

Pacheco said he used an air compressor to dry out the iPhone and was surprised when it turned on once plugged into a charger. ...

Pacheco posted photos of the phone and its lock screen, an image of a man and a woman, in the Cinderford Noticeboard Facebook group.

The ... man in the photo was eventually identified as Owain Davies of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Davies said he had been canoeing as part of a bachelor party on the River Wye when he fell into the water. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2022/0...n-River-Wye-Cinderford-England/3241656003846/
That's a lot of lost personal data.

For many, after-work drinks are a common way of relaxing after a busy week.

But one worker in Japan could be nursing a protracted hangover after he lost a USB memory stick following a night out with colleagues.

Why? It contained the personal details of nearly half a million people. The unnamed man placed the memory stick in his bag before an evening of drinking in the city of Amagasaki, north-west of Osaka.He spent several hours drinking in a local restaurant before eventually passing out on the the street, local media reported. When he eventually came around, he realised that both his bag and the memory stick were missing.

The Japanese broadcaster NHK reports that the man, said to be in his 40s, works for a company tasked with providing benefits to tax-exempt households. He had transferred the personal information of the entire city's residents onto the drive on Tuesday evening before meeting colleagues for a night on the town.

Randy Bachman (Guess Who; Bachman-Turner Overdrive) has been reunited with his beloved Gretsch guitar that was stolen in 1977.
Rock star Randy Bachman reunited with beloved stolen guitar

Canadian rock legend Randy Bachman’s long search came to an end Friday when he was reunited in Tokyo with a cherished guitar 45 years after it was stolen from a Toronto hotel.

“My girlfriend is right there,” said Bachman, 78, a former member of The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, as the Gretsch guitar on which he wrote “American Woman” and other hits was handed to him by a Japanese musician who had bought it at a Tokyo store in 2014 without knowing its history.

He said all guitars are special, but the orange 1957 Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins he bought as a teenager was exceptional. He worked at multiple jobs to save money to buy the $400 guitar, his first purchase of an expensive instrument, he said. ...

When it was stolen from the Toronto hotel in 1977, “I cried for three days. It was part of me,” he said. “It was very, very upsetting.” He ended up buying about 300 guitars in unsuccessful attempts to replace it, he said.

Bachman talked frequently about the missing guitar in interviews and on radio shows, and more recently on YouTube programs ...

In 2020, a Canadian fan who heard the story of the guitar launched an internet search and successfully located it in Tokyo ...

The fan, William Long, used a small spot in the guitar’s wood grain visible in old images as a “digital fingerprint” and tracked the instrument down to a vintage guitar shop site in Tokyo. A further search led him to a YouTube video showing the instrument being played by a Japanese musician, TAKESHI, in December 2019. ...

TAKESHI agreed to give it to Bachman in exchange for one that was very similar. So Bachman searched and found the guitar’s “sister” — made during the same week, with a close serial number, no modifications and no repairs. ...
FULL STORY: https://apnews.com/article/entertainment-music-japan-toronto-97efeb21c42c13bb0d1b983d3b72b6ac
Orient Express Carriages

Railway aficionado spotted what he thought could be original Orient Express carriages on a YouTube video.

Mettetal wasn't just a railway fan, he was working on a PhD on the history of the Orient Express. His research involved trying to ascertain how many original Orient Express train carriages still exist today, where they were located, who owned them and what condition they were in.

He eventually tracked them down to Polish town Małaszewicze on the border between Poland and Belarus, went there & found 13 carriages dating from 20s & 30s which had been there for at least a decade.

Over the next two years, Accor's Orient Express team tracked down the owner of the Małaszewicze carriages. They also found four additional carriages parked in other countries, including Germany and Switzerland. Accor negotiated a purchase deal for a total of 17 cars, including 12 sleeper cars, a restaurant, three lounges and one van. The carriages were then transported by police convoy across Europe to France.

Fast forward to today and Accor's Orient Express group has grand plans for the rediscovered carriages. The goal is the cars will operate on a Paris to Istanbul route from 2024, a reimagined version of the Nostalgie Istanbul Orient Express.

The carriages are currently being renovated by Parisian architect Maxime d'Angeac, who tells CNN Travel the "once in a lifetime" project was the kind that "you cannot refuse.”

The interior of the rediscovered carriages includes Art Deco marquetry panels by English decorators Morrison and Nelson, as well as glass panels by French craftsman René Lalique. The first time d'Angeac saw the existing interiors, he says he felt "real emotion."
Joy at the return of a lost item might not be unanimous ...
Woman delighted as hubby loses 'hated hat' at sea - only to find it again later that day

A woman who rejoiced when her husband lost the hat she'd 'banned' him from wearing after it blew out to sea has found her victory to be short-lived - after the hat washed up on shore just a few hours later.

Richard Beer was taking photographs along the jetty of Viking Bay in Broadstairs, Kent, in June when a strong gust of wind blew his favourite straw Panama hat off his head and into the water below.

And while Richard was gutted to have lost his 20-year-old hat, his wife Linda Beer struggled to contain her joy, as she had previously imposed a "ban" on the item because of how "tatty" it looked.

However, Linda's excitement was cut short later in the day when Richard, 74, went for a walk after his pub lunch and spotted his beloved hat hanging on a post after it had washed up on the shore. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/woman-delighted-hubby-loses-hated-27414529
A woman's lost high school class ring was recovered from a lake and returned to her 53 years later.
Alabama woman's lost ring fished out of California lake after 53 years

An Alabama woman who lost her high school class ring while swimming in a California lake soon will be reunited with it after 53 years, thanks to a couple who found it while fishing.

Dana Scott Laughlin said she was swimming in Lake Berryessa shortly after her high school graduation in 1969 when her ring fell from her finger and sank to the bottom of the lake. ...

Laughlin's son received a message a few days ago from a couple who said they found a ring while fishing in Lake Berryessa and were trying to identify its owner.

Laughlin, who lives more than 2,000 miles away in Foley, Ala., reviewed photos of the ring and confirmed it was inscribed with her initials and the name of the school she attended. ...

Laughlin said the ring is on its way to her via UPS. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2022/07/12/class-ring-lost-53-years-Lake-Berryessa/1111657654943/

Van Gogh self-portrait found hidden behind another painting

A previously unknown self-portrait of Vincent Van Gogh has been discovered behind another of the artist’s paintings, the National Galleries of Scotland said Thursday.


The self-portrait was found on the back of Van Gogh’s “Head of a Peasant Woman” when experts at the Edinburgh gallery took an X-ray of the canvas ahead of an upcoming exhibition. The work is believed to have been hidden for over a century, covered by layers of glue and cardboard when it was framed in the early 20th century.


Van Gogh was known for turning canvases around and painting on the other side to save money.

The portrait shows a bearded sitter in a brimmed hat. Experts said the subject was instantly recognizable as the artist himself, and is thought to be from his early work. The left ear is clearly visible and Van Gogh famously cut his off in 1888.


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Another fine mess solved!

A pair of life-sized Laurel and Hardy statues have been found nearly a year after they were stolen from outside a home in east London.

Lesley Haylett, 62, and her partner Peter Elliott, 72, said they were "devastated" when the 6ft (1.8m) figures were taken for a fourth time. Ms Haylett had given the effigies to Mr Elliot more than 40 years ago.

They disappeared from outside the house in Romford the day Mr Elliot went into hospital for a bone marrow transplant.
Ms Haylett said Laurel and Hardy were found by police in a garage but she was not told exactly where.

A Texas family's German Shepherd stolen 5 yeas ago has turned up 600 miles away.
Texas family's stolen dog found 5 years later, 600 miles from home

A dog stolen from a Texas family was found five years later when she was picked up by an animal control officer more than 600 miles away.

The City of Borger said in a Facebook post that an animal control officer recently picked up a stray German shepherd and scanned the canine for a microchip. ...

The dog's microchip identified her as Sheba, a pet stolen five years earlier from Stephanie Malstrom's home in Baytown, Texas, a town about 600 miles away.

Malstrom said in 2018 that the then-2-year-old dog has been stolen when she wandered up to a stranger's pickup truck outside her home.

"She's such a loving animal. She went right to him, thinking she was going to go for a ride. And she hasn't been back," she told KTRK-TV in 2018. ...
SOURCE: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2022/08/02/lost-dog-found-5-years-600-miles-Texas/7251659470803/?u3L=1
A Canadian library recently received a book that was 48 years late in being returned.
Book returned to Canadian library was 48 years overdue

A Canadian library said a book recently returned to a drop box turned out to be nearly 50 years overdue.

The Winnipeg Public Library said in a Facebook post that the book, Baseball by Daniel E. Jessee, was returned via the drop box at the St. James-Assiniboia branch. ...

The card inside the book revealed it had been due back June 18, 1974 -- 48 years before it was returned. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2022/0...ublic-Library-overdue-48-years/8861659552476/
Stash of guns found in Catford river

Ryan Ball, 32, was out at the river with his three young children aged 11, five and one and one of his children’s friends, James, on Saturday afternoon when suddenly the friend stepped on something strange.

When they searched the bottom of the river, to their shock they discovered several guns, including what appeared to be a revolver and an Uzi submachine gun.

They also found what looked like bullet magazines and a quantity of ammunition.
Recalling the events, Ryan said: ‘We were at river view walk where we regularly go with our children, and my sons were playing with a 15-year-old boy, James, when he slipped on which appeared to be a magazine from a gun.

‘He then started to search around in the water, and then one after the other he started to pull out everything you can see in the pictures.

‘I then contacted the police, who came and retrieved the weapons and will be sweeping the river for any more.’
Stash of guns found in Catford river

Ryan Ball, 32, was out at the river with his three young children aged 11, five and one and one of his children’s friends, James, on Saturday afternoon when suddenly the friend stepped on something strange.

When they searched the bottom of the river, to their shock they discovered several guns, including what appeared to be a revolver and an Uzi submachine gun.

They also found what looked like bullet magazines and a quantity of ammunition.

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If that had happened in Florida, the person pulling the guns out of the water would have shot himself- or someone else.
Hopefully it will soon be back in Tamil Nadu.

A statue that was stolen in 1971 from a temple in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu has been traced to New York, police say.

The 12th Century idol of Hindu goddess Parvati was found at the Bonhams Auction House, they said.
Bonhams is a privately owned international auction house which is headquartered in London.
A senior police official said the Tamil Nadu police's Idol Wing has "readied papers" to bring the idol back.
Over the past few years, India has amplified efforts to bring back idols and other artefacts which were stolen or smuggled from temples.
In February, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that "more than 200 precious idols" have been successfully brought back to India since 2014.

In 2020, the UK returned three bronze sculptures stolen from a Tamil Nadu temple more than 40 years ago to the Indian government.
One of the most stunning pieces returned in the past few years was a bronze Nataraja idol, which shows the Hindu god Shiva in dancing form. The statue, which was priced at $5.1m (£4.2m), was more than 900 years old and had been bought by the National Gallery of Australia in 2008.

The Parvati idol from Tamil Nadu that the police recently found was first reported missing from the Nadanapureshwarar Sivan temple in 1971.


Ancient sunken village in Yorkshire reappears as heatwave dries out reservoir

The hamlet of Baitings was flooded by what’s known as the Baitings Reservoir in the West Yorkshire Pennines in the ’50s.
The tiny village, which includes a centuries-old packhorse bridge, has origins dating back to the Viking occupation of Britain in the Middle Ages.

It became a packhorse route through the Pennines that linked Yorkshire and Lancashire.

In 1956, the reservoir was created to supply Wakefield with water. Owned by Yorkshire Water – which has this morning announced a hosepipe ban – the water has receded far enough to reveal the ancient bridge.
Lost plane wreck and bodies emerge after glacier melts and reveals its secrets

Remnants of the aircraft from 1968 were discovered in the Swiss Alps last week, while at least two skeletons have been found separately, reports say.

The plane pieces were discovered on Thursday on the Aletsch Glacier in Wallis canton, near the Jungfrau and Monch mountain peaks, police said.
‘Investigations have determined that the parts were from the wreckage of a Piper Cherokee, registration HB-OYL, which crashed at this location on June 30, 1968’, local officers explained.

The 24 Heures regional newspaper said that a teacher, chief medical officer and his son, who were all from Zurich, were on board and their bodies were discovered at the time.

It also reported that a mountain guide discovered the wreckage after hiking routes around the area were changed to account for melting snow and ice.
A New Jersey man returned a library book he checked out in 1947.
New Jersey library book returned 75 years past due date

A New Jersey library said a former patron recently returned a book he had checked out 75 years earlier.

The Jersey City Free Public Library said Bob Jablonski, 89, checked out Oden Rudolph's book Hitler from the James J. Ferris High School Branch in 1947. ...

Jablonski said he recently rediscovered the book while reorganizing his family home and wanted to make sure it found its way back to the library.

Librarians said the book remains in perfect condition and still has its original reference card.

Officials said Jablonski will not have to pay any fees for the 75-year overdue book, as the facility went fine-free in March 2021. ...
FULL STORY: hhttps://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2022/08/12/Jersey-City-Free-Public-Library-book-75-years-overdue/8531660335809/
A Missouri man was reunited with his aged dog who'd gone missing. It turned out she'd been trapped in a local cave for 2 months.
Dog, missing 2 months, found alive inside Missouri cave

Jeff Bohnert had all but given up on seeing his poodle-hound mix again after she went missing in early June. Two months later, he got a text from a neighbor: People exploring a nearby cave found a dog. Could it be Abby?

Bohnert doubted it, but still curious, he went to the cave site near his rural Missouri home. That’s when he saw the picture one of the rescuers took.

“I said, ‘that’s my dog,’” Bohnert recalled Monday.

Making Abby’s tale even more amazing is the fact that she’s just weeks shy of turning 14. Yet somehow, she managed to survive nearly 60 days out on her own, apparently much or all of it in a barren, pitch-dark, 58-degree Fahrenheit (14-degree Celsius) cave.

Abby and Bohnert’s other dog, Summer, do everything together ...

On June 9, the pair ran away from home, Bohnert recalled. It had happened before, and in the rural area ... it was generally no big deal. ...

Bohnert posted about his missing dog on Facebook, reached out to neighbors and contacted police, but no one had seen Abby.

On Aug. 6, Gerry Keene and five other adults, along with five children, had just entered the Berome Moore Cave, planning a day of exploring. One of the kids ran ahead of the group and yelled back to his dad, “There’s a dog in here.” ...

“She was just lying there curled up in a ball,” Keene recalled. “She lifted her head and looked at us but she didn’t respond to verbal commands. She looked like she was pretty close to being done.”

Keene enlisted the help of another caver who happened to be there, Rick Haley. They knew Abby couldn’t make the estimated 500-foot walk back to the entrance, especially since it was through tight passageways and up a steep incline.

Haley was trained in cave rescues, and he retrieved a duffel bag and a blanket from his truck. They put the blanket inside the bag, then the dog, who immediately took to the warm blanket after weeks laying in the cold mud. ...

Still, getting Abby out was tricky given her fragility. ...

Soon after initially finding Abby, Keene briefly went to a few homes nearby to see if anyone was missing a dog. One neighbor reached out to Bohnert ...

He went there assuming it couldn’t be Abby — how could a 13-year-old dog have survived such an ordeal?

To his amazement, she did, and roughly an hour-and-a-half after the rescue began, she was out. One of the rescuers gave Abby a bite of beef. ...

“She almost ate his finger off,” Keene said. ...

Bohnert figures Abby ended up in the cave after falling into a sinkhole or a hidden entrance. Haley said there were paw prints everywhere, indicating she initially tried to get out. ...

Abby normally weighs about 50 pounds (23 kilograms), Bohnert said, but he guessed she lost half her body weight in the cave. Since her rescue, she has regained weight and started to get back the voice she likely lost barking for help. ...
FULL STORY: https://apnews.com/article/oddities-missouri-dogs-6b9a2da0ae846ab60da146bd23b93ab9
A library book stolen circa 50 years ago has been returned to its Ohio library.
Stolen book returned to Ohio library after 50 years

An Ohio library said a book returned to the facility after 50 years was more than merely overdue -- it was stolen.

The Cincinnati Public Library said the book, Tarzan and the Tarzan Twins by Edgar Rice Burroughs, was mailed back to the library recently with a note explaining its long absence. ...

"To whom ever receives this, I am returning this book, which was not checked out, but was 'taken' from the Cincinnati Public Library (downtown, main branch) in or about 1972-1973. I was a young teen then. Anyway, I trust you will find it in good condition," the note reads. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2022/0...-stolen-book-returned-50-years/1371660758986/
Drought hit reservoir reveals stone circle

A brutal summer has caused havoc for many in rural Spain, but one unexpected side-effect of the country's worst drought in decades has delighted archaeologists -- the emergence of a prehistoric stone circle in a dam whose waterline has receded.

Officially known as the Dolmen of Guadalperal but dubbed the Spanish Stonehenge, the circle of dozens of megalithic stones is believed to date back to 5000 BC.
It currently sits fully exposed in one corner of the Valdecanas reservoir, in the central province of Caceres, where authorities say the water level has dropped to 28% of capacity.

"It's a surprise, it's a rare opportunity to be able to access it," said archaeologist Enrique Cedillo from Madrid's Complutense University, one of the experts racing to study the circle before it gets submerged again.

It was discovered by German archaeologist Hugo Obermaier in 1926, but the area was flooded in 1963 in a rural development project under Francisco Franco's dictatorship.

Since then it has only become fully visible four times.
A metal detectorist responded to a woman's plea for help and finally located the heirloom wedding ring she'd lost at the beach.
Man spends three days searching beach for stranger's lost ring

A Massachusetts man reunited a woman with her diamond ring after spending three days using his metal detector to search the ocean at a New Hampshire beach.

Francesca Teal said she and her husband were throwing a football in waist-deep water at North Beach in Hampton, N.H., when her diamond wedding ring, a family heirloom that originally belonged to her great-grandmother, flew off her finger. ...

Teal posted a request for help on Facebook, and the post came to the attention of Marshfield, Mass., resident Lou Asci. Asci drove more than 75 miles to search for Teal's lost ring. ...

Asci ended up spending about 15 hours over the course of three days using his metal detector to search for the ring.

He finally sent Teal a photo of the diamond ring he found, writing: "Please tell me this is the ring so I can finally get off this beach."

The ring was indeed Teal's, and the precious item was returned to its grateful owner.
FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2022/0...hire-metal-detector-three-days/4221661458909/
A Michigan lakeside water park has a long slide leading to the water. Divers taking part in a recent training drill found lots of items visitors had shed (mostly glasses) when finally hitting the water.
Divers find 142 pairs of glasses under waterslide in ‘zero-visibility’ lake drill

... Divers recovered 142 pairs of glasses, most of them sunglasses, 11 Apple smart watches, six pairs of goggles, three wrenches, two Fitbits and more during a South Haven Area Emergency Services Dive Team drill at the Lake Arvesta Farms recreation park’s aqua park.

The items were located under a large waterslide ...

“We were amazed by how much we collected” ...

The team was invited to dive at Lake Arvesta Farms for a training opportunity using motor skills to search in a “zero-visibility” environment, the organization said on Saturday, Aug. 27. The operation is helping to return lost items to their owners, and also providing valuable training for the dive team ...

Divers had a list of items reported missing and where. A lot of the things on the list were reported missing near the slides, Ridley said. Divers also recovered a wallet with an Indiana driver’s license and two credit cards and a glucose monitor level for an insulin pump. ...

All items were turned over to Lake Arvesta Farms and will be matched to the list they have of reported lost items. The company will contact those who reported things missing ...
FULL STORY: https://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazo...waterslide-in-zero-visibility-lake-drill.html
Couple find £250,000 in coins hidden under home they’ve lived in for 10 years

The hoard of 264 gold pieces were uncovered while the floor at their North Yorkshire home was being relaid.

When they lifted the floorboards of the 18th century property, they were intrigued to find an earthenware cup about the size of of Coke can.

The homeowners discovered the coins in July 2019 and as they have now been officially disclaimed, they can now go to auction.
A highlight of the sale is a George I guinea from 1720, which has a mint error. The coin has no king’s head on it, instead having two ‘tail’ sides of the coin, and is expected to fetch £4,000.

A Charles II guinea from 1675 has a spelling error, with the king’s Latin name spelt incorrectly as CRAOLVS instead of CAROLVS, and has an estimate of £1,500.

‘It is extraordinarily rare for hoards of English gold coins to ever come onto the marketplace.

‘This find of over 260 coins is also one of the largest on archaeological record from Britain.

‘They’re not mint perfect coins, they are coins that have had a hard life.

‘However the number of coins and unique method of burial presents an extraordinary opportunity to appreciate the complicated English economy in the first decades of the Bank of England and significant distrust of its new-fangled invention the “banknote”.
More archaeology revealed in drought hit reservoir. In Spain:

Flooded Roman camp reappears

Known as Aquis Querquennis, the camp was flooded back in 1948 to create the As Conchas Reservoir.

Usually, parts of the settlement can be seen sporadically throughout the year as water levels rise and fall.

But, following the country’s worst drought in decades, the whole of the archaeological remains are now visible.

The Roman settlement is believed to have been built in 75AD, before being abandoned around 120AD. It was used as a temporary fort and military fortifications while the Romans built the nearby Via Nova road.

The site was lost to the sands of time until the 1920s when a local archaeologist found it and began excavations.
But when the construction of a hydroelectric dam was build downriver, the site was flooded and became a reservoir.
An interesting find, oozing with physical social history.

The entrance to a forgotten square which was once home to upper-class society has been found inside a pub during renovation work following a huge fire.

Using old maps and directories, experts have discovered the goods entrance led through slum dwellings into an area where physicians, advocates and writers lived.

Brown Square, which no longer exists, represented the most ambitious new development ever attempted when it was built in the early 1760s in Edinburgh. It was the first development outside the old city walls and offered an exclusive setting for Edinburgh's professional classes.

The entrance passed through an old slum tenement and shop store in Candlemakers Row - where candles were stored outside of the city in case of fire.