Thursday, 12 July 2018

The Ossuary, Holy Trinity, Rothwell

Underneath the squat bulk of Holy Trinity church in Rothwell lies a secret: hidden for many hundreds of years was a 13th century ossuary containing the bones of over 2,000 people.

Access is now via a cramped stone staircase leading from the south entrance to the church. This leads into a small vaulted chamber with piles of bones in the middle, and skulls lining the walls on either side.

There are a number of theories about the bones, all of which can be read about on the church's website, or heard firsthand from Mick Coggins who conducts tours of the crypt every Sunday afternoon.