NEW YORK POST:
A fortune in World War II-era cash was discovered beneath the rotting floorboards of an old English tailor shop favored by Winston Churchill.
Bundles of the dirty decaying bills, ripped and dog-eared, were unearthed as construction workers renovated the Cotswold Outdoor store in Brighton in May, the BBC reported.
The workers were tearing up layers of rotten carpet, tiles and floorboards in the shop when owner Russ Davis said he spotted what he thought was just a block of old wood.
“I snapped it in half and then found a £1 note,” Davis said. “All the notes were stuck together. You couldn’t separate them, and they were caked in dirt.”
In all, 30 bundles of £1 and £5 bank notes totaling £30,000 — or approximately $2.5 million in US dollars today, when adjusting for inflation — were recovered.
Davis said he instinctively knew the bills were old because of the amount of flooring that had been removed to dig them out. Further examination proved that they were from around World War II.
The shopkeeper suggested that the money may have been part of a treasure left behind by someone who died during the war or was possibly stashed in their hiding spot by bank robbers.
Between 1936 and 1973, Davis’ shop was home to Bradley Gowns, a famous London furrier and couturier chain founded in 1860.
During its heyday, the shop was frequented by everyone from Prime Minister Churchill and his wife, Lady Clementine Churchill, to Brigitte Bardot, the local paper The Argus reported.