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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.

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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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