Monument record MNT26523 - Roman burial at Littleborough Church




Grid reference SK 82450 82600 (point)
Map sheet SK88SW
Locality Littleborough
Civil Parish Sturton le Steeple, Bassetlaw


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

A most interesting find occurred in digging a grave in the churchyard about 1860. The gravedigger, having cut extra deep, struck the top of a Roman stone coffin, and called in a neighbour to help him lift the massive stone cover, on raising which the men, for only a few seconds, saw within the coffin the perfect body of a young woman whose funeral garment was clasped by a Roman brooch. After a few moments' exposure to the air, all collapsed into fine dust, to the great astonishment and alarm of the men. This coffin is now in the cloisters of Lincoln cathedral; the brooch is now in the possession of Mr E Wilmhurst, of Retford, to whom I am indebted for much of the above information. (1)

<1> Thoroton Society, 1909, TTS, pp 35-6 (Published document). SNT336.

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Published document: Thoroton Society. 1909. TTS. 13. pp 35-6.

Finds (2)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Jan 19 2023 7:34PM

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