Holy Trinity, Rothwell

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The Bone Crypt

Theories about the bones Downloadable pdf link

Rediscovering The Bone Crypt Downloadable pdf link

Blood Groupings Downloadable Pdf Link

University of Sheffield on-going research and C14 Radio Carbon dating results

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 there are no stewards available.

Contact: Mick Coggins


Deep under the floor of the church, near the south door exists Holy Trinity’s crypt or Charnel House.
Local legend suggests that little was known about its existence until the day a hapless gravedigger fell into the crypt whilst working in the church many years ago.Falling some twelve feet through pitch darkness into a mass of bones was too much for the individual to bear, and it is reputed that he lost his mind through the incident, remaining that way until the day he died.

More latterly, the crypt has been reorganised such that the skulls are now displayed on shelves around the walls, and the thigh bones displayed in two large square piles in the centre.A favourite pastime of guides on Sunday afternoons is to enter the crypt in front of visitors so that they can witness the gasps of sheer amazement as visitors first enter!

The 13th century crypt contains the remains of around 2500 individuals

If you wish to see this unique collection the crypt is open to the public on Sundays from 2.30pm to 4.30pm from  the beginning of April to the end of September

From October to March the crypt is open on the second Sunday of the month 2.30-4.30pm

While we will endeavour to open at these times, if you intend to travel to visit us, please confirm it will be open. 

Adults £2 Concessions £1


Bones 1


bones 2

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  • Rothwell, Kettering
  • Northamptonshire
  • NN14 6BQ

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