Quakers skeletons finally laid to rest

PUBLISHED: 19:22 20 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:35 26 October 2009

John Bayliss and Frank Arthur of ABC Builders excavate the burial ground

John Bayliss and Frank Arthur of ABC Builders excavate the burial ground

A MACABRE saga for a woman who found 30 skeletons under her own home has finally been laid to rest. Since builders found a coffin and a set of bones beneath her dining room back in March, Catherine McGuigan went on to discover her South Mimms home is actu

A MACABRE saga for a woman who found 30 skeletons under her own home has finally been laid to rest.

Since builders found a coffin and a set of bones beneath her dining room back in March, Catherine McGuigan went on to discover her South Mimms home is actually built on an old religious burial ground.

The mother-of-one later found out through her own research that members of the Quakers society were buried at the site of her home some 300 years ago.

The Blanche Lane resident was then told she would have to fork out up to £30,000 in burial costs.

Since Catherine's story appeared first in the WHT it went on to create national interest as press across the country were amazed by her extraordinary finding.

Another twist in the eerie tale came last month when funeral directors JJ Burgess offered to foot the bill and bury the skeletons on her behalf.

True to their word, the WGC-based company found unconsecrated land in Luton and finally gave the bodies an official resting place.

Asked if she was pleased to see the situation come to an end the 42-year-old replied: "Oh yeah!

"I don't have to avoid the builders anymore, because every time I saw them they told me they had found another coffin!

"I must say that JJ Burgess were brilliant, they really took the stress away.

"I was planning to go to the funeral but something came up in the end, but I may take my son Cameron to the site one day.

"All the builders went along, they became quite attached in the end."

The funeral took place at Luton Quaker Meeting House and each casket was decorated with a plate engraved 'Blanche Lane Quakers. Rest in Peace'.


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