The building that houses the Cotswold Outdoor chain store in the southern English city of Brighton is believed to have a long and prestigious history. Indeed, it is thought to have once been a tailor to the stars. But that doesn’t mean the renovators were expecting to find a long-buried fortune hidden deep under its floorboards. The discovery also raises new questions that now have to be answered – who does it belong to, and why was it buried?
During the 1930s, the threat of war hung over Europe. People didn’t want it – the brutal memories of WWI were still fresh in their minds. But as the Nazis continued to ruthlessly expand throughout the continent, the threat of conflict grew. And in August 1939 the Emergency Powers (Defence) Act was passed in Britain, allowing the government to impose all sorts of regulations to help a potential war effort.
Britain and France declared war on Germany on 3 September, 1939, in response to the latter’s invasion of Poland. The main conflict, however, took a while to get going, and the first few months became known as the Phoney War, as a stalemate developed in Western Europe. Indeed, Britain and its ally France spent their time preparing for the true fight to come, as Hitler’s Germany continued with its violent conquest of Poland.