Dig for more bones starts on church site

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&World Update -

FUR­THER digs to dis­cover whether there are any more bod­ies buried in the grounds of St John’s Church in Peter­bor­ough city cen­tre have be­gun.

Builders work­ing on the cre­ation of St John’s Square as part of the city cen­tre re­gen­er­a­tion scheme were shocked last Thurs­day when they found the re­mains of four bod­ies, thought to be 500years-old, about 15 feet from the church’s west en­trance.

There was lit­tle his­tor­i­cal doc­u­men­ta­tion avail­able to sug­gest that a grave­yard had ever been sited di­rectly out­side the church, which was built in the early 1400s.

Work­ers, un­der the watch­ful eye of a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Northamp­ton­shire Ar­chae­ol­o­gists, yes­ter­day be­gan dig­ging up paving stones di­rectly out­side the west en­trance to see if there are any more re­mains be­neath the ground.

As yet no more bones have been found, but fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions will be tak­ing place over the next two days.

Work on the square may have to be mod­i­fied to en­sure that the re­mains are pro­tected.

Builders need to know how many ar­eas need ex­tra pro­tec­tion be­fore the steps that will lead down from the square to the church can be built.

A spokesman from Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil said: “Fur­ther ex­plo­ration is in hand this week to as­cer­tain the ex­tent of the graves.

“Un­til that has hap­pened, we will not know if the ex­tent of buri­als will fur­ther im­pact upon the works.

“The cur­rent pro­posal is still to mod­ify the stepped con­struc­tion to avoid dis­turb­ing the re­mains.

“How­ever, that might have to be re­viewed if more re­mains are found.”

In the mean­time, ac­cess to the west door of the church is likely to be blocked un­til the end of the

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