Primary school pupils bury time capsule on former Northampton British Timken site

Millway Primary School students helped to bury a time capsule filled with letters, poems and drawings, on the former British Timken Site. Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds.
Millway Primary School students helped to bury a time capsule filled with letters, poems and drawings, on the former British Timken Site. Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds.

A brand new care home on the former Northampton British Timken site has sought help from Millway Primary School pupils and Friends of Timken to bury a time capsule.

Pupils of the school have been busy collecting artefacts, including medals, bookmarks and a school time-table for the time capsule, which will create a lasting tribute to the renowned British Timken factory that previously stood on the new Timken Grange site.

Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds.

Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds.

Associates, Friends of Timken and pupils yesterday gathered to bury items of memorabilia including Timken rosettes, copies of factory images and a two page precis on the history of British Timken.

Year 4 teacher Mr Baillion of Millway Primary School attended the ceremony with eight pupils as well as founding partners of Timken Grange, staff at the home, and Andy North of the Northamptonshire Archive & Heritage Service.

During the ceremony, the artefacts were placed in a stainless steel time capsule and buried at the front of the site before a sculpture, affectionately named as ‘Tim’, was placed to mark the location of the time capsule with a plaque commemorating the event.

Rachel Cadd, home manager at Timken Grange said: “We are extremely proud of the strong heritage of British Timken and are excited to be opening our home on this historic site.

Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds.

Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds.

"I’ve been overwhelmed by everyone’s genuine effort to contribute to the time capsule and I am sure that it will be a great talking point for our residents and local community for years to come.”

Mr Baillon added: “Our pupils have thoroughly enjoyed researching and getting together items for the time capsule - many have family members who worked at British Timken so it has been an extremely interesting project.

"We all had a great time at the ceremony and the children were very taken with ‘Tim’. We are looking forward to the home being open so we can come back and meet the new residents.”

Timken Grange is a residential and dementia care home for 66 people with a café area, cinema room, hair salon and sky lounge and is hosting a public open day on Sunday, January 28.