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Human remains found in Church Street are laid to rest at Preston Minster

Posted on - 1st August, 2018 - 6:12pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston City Centre, Preston News
The coffin containing the remains which date back to the 17th century Pic: Laurie Manton/Grave Detective
The coffin containing the remains which date back to the 17th century Pic: Laurie Manton/Graveyard Detectives

A body was laid to rest in Preston city centre after hundreds of years.

Human remains were found during work by Lancashire County Council on the paving of Church Street.

Dating back more than 400 years the remains have now been given a formal burial in the grounds of Preston Minster.

Police at Church Street in 2016 when the remains were found

A reinterment of the remains, found in February 2016, saw a procession and service at the Minster during Wednesday (1 August).

The plaque on the coffin Pic: Laurie Manton/Grave Detective
The plaque on the coffin Pic: Laurie Manton/Graveyard Detectives

The Vicar of Preston the Ven Michael Everitt led the service which was attended by dozens of Prestonians.

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He told the Lancashire Post it was a ‘unique’ service.

The body is taken out to be buried in the Minster grounds Pic: Laurie Manton/Grave Detective
The body is taken out to be buried in the Minster grounds Pic: Laurie Manton/Graveyard Detectives

Once the service was complete the remains were taken into the grounds of the Minster and earth sprinkled on the burial plot by those who attended.

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