(CNN)Construction workers in the UK have found wads of cash dating back to World War II at a shop that once belonged to a tailor beloved by Winston Churchill and his wife Clementine.
WWII cash hoard found under floor of Churchill's tailor
Stunned renovators pulled bundles of decaying, dirt-encrusted banknotes from their clandestine spot under a shop floor in the seaside city of Brighton in May.
The face value of the wartime pot totaled around £30,000 -- the equivalent of about £1.5 million (just over $2 million) today, once the Bank of England's official inflation rates have been factored in.
Sussex police have since taken the moldy £1 and £5 notes for "safekeeping," a spokesperson told CNN. It wasn't immediately clear who owns the premises where the money was found.
The site has since become a Cotswold Outdoor clothing retailer, but back between 1936 and 1973, it was a Bradleys Gowns store. Bradleys was a top London furrier and couturier set up in the 1860s.
Howard Bradley is now the last remaining heir of the family name and the business, which has continued as a specialist dry cleaners in Milton Keynes, north of London.
He told CNN he was "shocked" but "very excited" when first contacted by a local reporter and informed of the historic discovery.
Bradley said he thought the Brighton store would have been part of his family's company. "It seems likely. We had a few sub branches (outside London) back in the day," he said.
He said his father, Eric, was one of the first to sign up to fight in the war -- enlisting for the British Royal Air Force the very day WWII was declared: September 3, 1939. It was also his 18th birthday.
"He heard (the news) on the radio alone in the kitchen ... and thought, 'Right, I'm going to enlist.' "
And while Eric was fighting in the deserts of North Africa, his brother Victor enlisted as a pilot.