Dig for more bones starts on church site
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