(Smithsonian Magazine) Shopfitter Russ Davis was working on renovations at the Brighton location of recreational retailer Cotswold Outdoor last month when he chanced upon what appeared to be a block of wood. Upon snapping it in half, however, he spotted a £1 note. Soon, Davis unearthed more bundles of cash, all of which were carefully stashed underneath layers of rotting carpet, tiles and floorboards.

According to BBC News, Davis knew the money was old based on the amount of flooring he had removed. The bundles, which contained a mixture of £1 and £5 notes, were also an unusual shade of blue, indicating they had been issued by the Bank of England as emergency currency during World War II.

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