During the demolition of the old Streatham Baths the time capsule was found on the site.
Among the artefacts found inside were copies of contemporary local newspapers, the Streatham Times and Wandsworth Borough News. The Streatham Times front page article from April 23rd 1926 reported the success of shop window dressing competition organised by the council to encourage people to shop at local businesses
Other stories included the conviction of a man from Balham for the theft of a metal engine case, suggesting that scrap metal theft is not just a modern problem. The latest silent film of Lambeth born Charlie Chaplin, The Gold Rush, was the show not to miss at the Broadway Palace in Tooting the newspapers reveal, and an advert reveals that a new semi-detached house in Telford Avenue, Streatham, was on sale for what today seems an unbelievable bargain, at £995.
The capsule also contained detailed council papers documenting the minutes of meetings to decide upon the building of the Streatham Baths – later renamed Streatham Leisure Centre – which opened in 1927. The contents are stored at the Lambeth Archives an important historical record of Streatham’s past.