“CURIOUS DISCOVERY OF SKELETONS. –
Last week as some navvies were excavating for the sewerage works in Frankwell they discovered, at the junctions of the road leading to The Stew, not four feet from the surface, two skeletons, the teeth in the skull of one quite perfect. Nothing in the shape of clothing was found near the skeletons nor any sign of a coffin. The discovery created a sensation in the neighbourhood; and as nothing was known of any burial place having existed in that locality, the usual conjecture in such cases of “foul play” was pretty general.”
1866: MORE SKELETONS…
The nature of a navvies work meant they often came across old skeletons. Just the year before while a group was clearing the site for the new railway, they dug up between 30 and 40 skeletons from the ground occupied by the ruins of the old abbey.
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