Funeral director steps in over skeleton finds

PUBLISHED: 19:00 29 April 2008 | UPDATED: 22:17 26 October 2009

Catherine McGuigan at the hole where the skeletons were found

Catherine McGuigan at the hole where the skeletons were found

'WE'LL remove the 40 skeletons from your house and help pay your bill for you'. That's the message from a funeral director who plans to remove the remains of an ancient graveyard found at a woman's home. As previously reported in the WHT, South Mimms resi

WE'LL remove the 40 skeletons from your house and help pay your bill for you."

That's the message from a funeral director who plans to remove the remains of an ancient graveyard found at a woman's home.

As previously reported in the WHT, South Mimms resident Catherine McGuigan unearthed corpses and coffins more than 100-years-old.

She later found out her house was built on an old Quakers meeting point, where members were buried when they died.

And as builders - who were working on an extension at the premises - kept finding more and more skeletons, the bill was forever increasing for the 42-year-old, who was left with the responsibility of disposing of the bodies in a respectful manner.

However, now Hertfordshire-based funeral director J J Burgess has told the Blanche Lane resident that they will foot the bill for her.

Company director Justin Burgess said: "We have spoken to Miss McGuigan and are more than happy to help her with the bill.

"We are currently looking for some unconsecrated ground in which to bury the skeletons.

"I felt sorry for her because it has all just landed on her, so we will do what we can and would be happy to do it for free."

Burial costs could be as high as £800 per body, and with Catherine expecting to find a total of 40 that would mean a bill of £32,000.

Mum-of-one Catherine told the WHT: "It is an extremely kind gesture and definitely helps to take some of the stress of this situation away.


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