Element record L7943 - Skeletons found near gypsum mines, Ratcliffe on Soar




Grid reference SK 49299 30599 (point)
Map sheet SK43SE
District Rushcliffe
Civil Parish Ratcliffe on Soar, Rushcliffe


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

At Red Hill there have been frequently discovered human bones; old coins also, some of which were gold and silver. A Thomas Baker who was at the digging up a large heap of human bones, found something like the shape of a coffin handle, and a glass similar to a wine glass, standing on a pedestal elegantly gilt with gold; but it broke with taking out of the earth. (1)
Throsby records that skeletons and coffins (incorrect - see above) were dug up c 1750-90 in the course of gypsum mining; more skeletons were unearthed when the railway tunnel E of the site was cut in the 1840s. (2)
See M386 for Med mines and cross refs, M500 for Ro settlement.

<1> Throsby J, 1790, Thoroton's History of Notts Vol 1, p 29 (Published document). SNT1345.

<2> Thoroton Society, 1963, TTS, p 21 (Published document). SNT377.

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Published document: Throsby J. 1790. Thoroton's History of Notts Vol 1. p 29.
  • <2> Published document: Thoroton Society. 1963. TTS. 67. p 21.

Finds (3)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Jan 19 2023 7:34PM

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