The Bone Crypt
University of Sheffield on-going research and C14 Radio Carbon dating results
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
- Squires Hill
- Rothwell, Kettering
- NN14 6BQ