The grim ac­tiv­i­ties of the body snatch­ers

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

AT the end of Cow­gate, there used to stand a grave­yard, which was re­moved when the Queens­gate Shop­ping Cen­tre was built.

Eer­ily, it was one of the last places in the UK to be raided by grisly body snatch­ers who dug up freshly buried corpses and sold them to doc­tors for med­i­cal prac­tice.

One evening in 1828 a cart was seen out­side the ceme­tery with two men load­ing sus­pi­cious sacks onto it.

The alarm was raised and the men fled, with a cart chase end­ing near Nor­man Cross on the edge of the city. Here the men aban­doned their get­away cart and fled over the fields.

But do their vic­tims still wan­der Cow­gate, eter­nally trapped and an­gry at their sad fate?

SCENE OF GRISLY CRIME: Vic­to­rian Cow­gate.

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