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Suspected Plague Victims Remains Found at Chatham - 1857
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2013, 21:54:31 »
Monday, June 8, 1857

During the excavations which are now taking place near the tunnel of the East Kent Railway, at Ordnance Place, Chatham, the workmen have discovered a great number of human remains, amounting to about 50. The skeletons were discovered at a depth of scarcely more than three feet below the surface of the ground, nearly the whole of them appearing as if having been buried in coffins. Speculation is rife as to how they came to be buried at the spot in question, which is far removed from anything like a churchyard. Local antiquarians seem to be of opinion that the bodies have been there about 200 years, and it has been suggested that it is more than probable that they are the remains of those persons who died during the great plague in 1666, as it is a well known fact from the parish records, that Chatham suffered severly on that occassion, and from fear of infection it appears feasible that the bodies of the deceased persons would be deposited as far away from the town as possible. The bodies were lying east and west, the ancient way of placing the corpse in the grave. The skulls of many of the bodies are very perfect, some of the teeth being entire.

From The Caledonian Mercury.


 

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