24/12/2014 05:37 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Girl's Letter To Santa Found 100 Years After She Hid It Up Chimney


A little girl's letter to Santa has been found 100 years after she hid it up a chimney.

'Haly H's wish list was found by a maintenance worker during work at a girls' boarding school.

In the note, Haly asked Santa for Tell England - a book by Ernest Raymond about a public boys' school, first published in 1922 - and also an evening dress.

It was found in one of the boarders' bedrooms at Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls, in Monmouth after raven chicks got stuck in the chimney.

The letter, which is now discoloured and brittle, says:

"Dear Father Christmas, are you coming to see me again in two weeks' time I suppose?

"Tell Mummy I want a book, Tell England, and an evening dress.

"Love, Haly H XXX"

'Daddy Xmas' is written on the other side of the note.


Maintenance man Andy Beddoes, 50, told how he felt the discoloured and brittle note stuck on a ledge at the school as he vacuumed up the chimney.

He said: "I pulled it out, saw it was a folded bit of paper and because I'm curious I tried to read it."

"I could see 'Dear Father Christmas' and the dress bit but that was all.

"It's a lot cleaner now but you still can't find a date on it."

The letter and a copy of the book are to be displayed at the school.

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