Workmen unearth skeletal remains in Stockton town centre

Workmen unearth skeletal remains in Stockton town centre

Workmen unearth skeletal remains in Stockton town centre

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WORKMEN have uncovered historic bones as they dug up paving stones next to a church yard.

Police were originally called to the grim discovery in Stockton town centre but it was soon established that the bones were hundreds of years old.

Stockton Borough Council, which is carrying out regeneration work throughout the town centre, said the skeleton remains were probably connected to Stockton Parish Church.

Councillor Mike Smith , the council’s cabinet member for regeneration and transport, said: “Earlier today a skeleton was discovered underneath pavement at the north end of the High Street which was being excavated as part of the on-going redevelopment of Stockton Town Centre.

“The police were informed and have been to the site and have confirmed that it is an ancient burial.

“Stockton Council is now working with Tees Archaeology to determine the age of the skeleton and to contact the Home Office to gain the consent required to respectfully and peacefully remove the remains so they can be re-buried in an alternative location.

“Work in the area will stop until the skeleton is relocated, in the meantime the workforce has been instructed to focus their efforts on works in other areas of the High Street.”

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9:32pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Clive F.Wilkinson says...

The remains are almost certainly from what was originally part of the Parish Church yard. My late father was born in Stockton Police Station in Church Road on 12th.July 1908.His father was Station Sergeant and the family lived on the upper floors. I can remember my father saying that as a small boy he watched bodies being exhumed and re-interred when Church Road was widened.He could see quite clearly from the upper floors of the Station. the headstones were placed against the wall fronting on to Thistle Green.Mystery solved?Clive F.Wilkinson
The remains are almost certainly from what was originally part of the Parish Church yard. My late father was born in Stockton Police Station in Church Road on 12th.July 1908.His father was Station Sergeant and the family lived on the upper floors. I can remember my father saying that as a small boy he watched bodies being exhumed and re-interred when Church Road was widened.He could see quite clearly from the upper floors of the Station. the headstones were placed against the wall fronting on to Thistle Green.Mystery solved?Clive F.Wilkinson Clive F.Wilkinson
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