Skulls in Crypt, Hythe Church

“There are some 2000 skulls in the Bonehouse of St Leonard’s Church, mainly arranged on shelves so you can get a good look at them – like the faces of the living, they have their own characteristics and expressions. A few are of special interest as showing medical and dental conditions; there is even an example of trepanning. There are also about 8000 long bones – mainly thigh-bones – in a rather nicely designed pile. So that represents the remains of about 4000 people (men, women and children) – obviously the skulls being more fragile have not survived in such numbers. We do make a small charge to visitors: our bonehouse has been a nice little earner for the church since medieval times.“ —

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