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Hidden vault and coffins found in Derbyshire churchyard

26. května 2019, 14:25
Twiglet | twiggietruth | History
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Nine lead coffins inside two hidden vaults have been unearthed by stonemasons working at a church.

The church dates from the 12th century with elements from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries.The church dates from the 12th century with elements from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. Stumbled upon an article posted on the BBC website this being a rather grim discovery that was uncovered in a hidden vault of St Helen’s Church, in Etwall, which is a Grade I listed building on Tuesday, May 14,  by a group of subcontractors who were replacing some steps in the West end of the historical building. A crypt (from Latin crypta “vault”) is a stone chamber beneath the floor of a church. It typically contains coffins, sarcophagi, or religious relics.  Originally, crypts were typically found below the main apse of a church,  so to find these crypts outside the boundary of the church itself is highly remarkable and exciting. Placing a corpse into a crypt can be called immurement, and is a method of final disposition, as an alternative to for example cremation.  Wealthy or prestigious families will often have a ‘family crypt’ or ‘vault’ in which all members of the family are interred. There was a trend in the 19th century of building crypts on medium to large size family estates, usually subtly placed on the edge of the grounds or more commonly incorporated into the cellar.  So when were these blocked up and hidden? The BBC report that coffins found inside the crypt belong to the Cotton Family, however, I decided to look a little deeper into this, and that is not the case. Further research concludes that one of the coffins found in the vault belonged to a Joseph Green, who died in 1810. Joseph Green was married to Elizabeth Cotton a heiresses of the Cotton family who used to own Etwall Hall. There is speculation about who is buried in the other eight. however, they could belong to members of the Cotton family. Warden Andrew Walley said that it was known that a vault was in the vicinity of the Churchyard, but no-one knew where. That I find incredibly puzzling, Mr Gotch, a Church Warden and local historian reports that the vault was hidden behind some steps. The steps were in a state of severe disrepair and although they were rarely used, they needed seeing to in order to make them safer. Pictured is the entrance to the Vault where the coffins were foundPictured is the entrance to the Vault where the coffins were found On repairing steps at the north side of the church. The subcontractors were repairing them when they noticed the base they were laid on was loose and after removing some bricks, found arches and a void. It was then they found the very narrow opening into the chamber where there were nine coffins.  The vault which was six foot deep has now been resealed, bricked up and is on public record and brand Číst celý článek >>> Přeložit do en

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