The multi-million restoration project of Kensinton Palace, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London, has uncovered a piece of filthy graffiti left by a contractor performing refurbishing work more than 100 years ago.
The graffiti was discovered on a ceiling support post near the palace’s front entrance.
“When this was written he must have thought he was perfectly safe, that nobody in the world would ever lay eyes on it again,” Lee Prosser, Buildings Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, told the Telegraph in London.
Jo Thwaites, palace project manager, noted: “Very neat handwriting. Look how nicely he’s formed the F.”
The timber post bearing the graffiti is rotting, so it has been replaced with a steel support. The graffiti, though, has been preserved as a historical artifact.
Jeff Moore is a data reporter at The Daily Reporter. He also scribbles “sayings” on his desk at work.