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Mystery 'clue' discovered in a bottle washed up along the River Thames

By T.K. Randall
August 14, 2023 · Comment icon 8 comments

Who wrote the message and why ? Image Credit: Facebook / Chris Green
A mysterious four-line poem thought to have a hidden meaning has been found in a bottle along the river.
Everyone's heard stories of messages in bottles and treasure maps leading to buried riches, but for one man, the discovery of a bottle along the banks of the River Thames recently has sparked a real-life mystery, the answer to which remains tantalizingly elusive.

Chris Green had been scouring the banks of the river for valuables (a pass-time known as mudlarking) when he spotted a small container with a note inside.

The note, which was printed on laminated paper, read:

"Wide and heavy, Filling out the town, North of Freehold, I can be found."
Intrigued, Green decided to post the message up on social media to ask for a second opinion.

"I have a bit of a puzzle for you today," he wrote.

"I was on the Thames last week and found this message in a bottle. It looks like some kind of cryptic clue but it's too tricky for me, so I need to call on the collective brain to try and solve this one! I could be wrong but does this have a hint of the US about it?"

"Maybe our friends across the pond can help?"

As things stand, however, nobody has been able to fully decipher the mystery.

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Cho Jinn 4 months ago
Lizzo's UK tour viral marketing, good work!
Comment icon #2 Posted by Ambergris 4 months ago
It is probably some lonely person looking for a partner. The first line probably denotes to the person's influence where they live upstream of the Thames, also thier stature. The second line I know well what that means. The person is a squatter the type nobody can remove this ads more potency to the first line.
Comment icon #3 Posted by joc 4 months ago
There are only two cities named Freehold.  One in New Jersey.  Another in New York.  Thames is in England.  
Comment icon #4 Posted by Gertdoggy 4 months ago
Freehold also means property that you own.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Buzz_Light_Year 4 months ago
Freehold is an urban area of Werneth in Oldham, Greater Manchester. I suppose it could refer to that.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Ambergris 4 months ago
Thanks. Don't know England at all. Believe from Cape town the airplane takes you over null island before you get there.
Comment icon #7 Posted by MissJatti 4 months ago
Wide and heavy - the ocean, I suppose ?
Comment icon #8 Posted by NCC1701 3 months ago
It is just poetry.

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