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A rare slice of history uncovered in Cambridge

Photo: ITV News Anglia

A rare slice of student history has been uncovered at Cambridge University.

Maintenance workers at Selwyn College have made an unusual discovery - a Victorian stove, with inside it postcards and photos thought to belong to a servant who once worked there.

The stove where the fascinating haul was uncovered Credit: ITV News Anglia

They uncovered the stove behind the plasterwork. It is believed it was in a so-called "gyp" room. A small kitchen used by servants, to make the students' breakfast tea and toast.

One of the postcards discovered in the stove Credit: ITV News Anglia

Selwyn College was founded back in 1882 and it was named after Bishop George Augustus Selwyn who was the first Anglican bishop of New Zealand. In fact only Anglican students could study at the college until 1957.

Whilst the servants may be long gone it is hoped this discovery can lead to a better insight into their lives.