Mum's gruesome finds continue

PUBLISHED: 09:47 08 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:30 26 October 2009

John Bayliss and Frank Arthur of ABC Builders

John Bayliss and Frank Arthur of ABC Builders

AFTER digging up a 300-year-old skeleton in her dining room, mum Catherine McGuigan continues to find out the spooky truth about her home. As the WHT revealed two weeks ago, Catherine discovered the bones and a coffin as renovations were being made to her

AFTER digging up a 300-year-old skeleton in her dining room, mum Catherine McGuigan continues to find out the spooky truth about her home.

As the WHT revealed two weeks ago, Catherine discovered the bones and a coffin as renovations were being made to her house.

We went along to her South Mimms home on Monday last week to witness the corpse being dug out of its grave.

And it has transpired that was not the only body lurking underground.

Since making the original gruesome discover, Catherine has been investigating why a dead body was buried under her house.

She discovered that land on which her house was built was used as a meeting point for The Religious Society of Friends, also known as Quakers, in the 17th century.

During that time Quakers were persecuted for their beliefs and practices and were not allowed to be buried in local churchyards, which meant they were buried at the places they held their meetings.

After looking through historical documents she got from a research centre in Kew, Catherine, 42, found that her Blanche Lane home was used as a meeting place all those years ago - and now faces the prospect of coming across many more skeletons.

The mum of 10-year-old Cameron said: "The builders came across another skeleton as they were removing the original one.

"Then a third skeleton was unearthed.

"The bodies are still laying in my dining room while we wait for a coffin to turn up for them."

If anyone has more information on the site's Quaker history call us on 01707 384180 or email whtimes@archant.co.uk


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