LATEST NEWS: Bones dating back centuries found during King’s Lynn gas works

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Bones, believed to be from the body of a child which has been buried for hundreds of years, have been uncovered during gas main works in Lynn today, Friday, March 14.

The discovery is believed to have been made this afternoon on the third day of a five-week project to replace the pipes in the Saturday Market Place.

The Rev Chris Ivory, vicar of the nearby Lynn Minster, also known as St Margaret’s Church, said he thought it was likely the remains dated back to at least the early 17th century “and may have been a long time before that”, because of the evolving layout of the church over the centuries.

He said: “The churchyard to the south of the minster was consecrated in the 1620s. Prior to that all the burials were to the north.”

He added that what is now the Saturday Market Place car park, which does remain open to drivers, once stood within the walls of the church.

Archaeologists are set to be called in to assess the discovery and the remains will be reburied in the church if that is necessary.

So far, there has been no official comment from National Grid, the company who are carrying out the main replacement works.