Skeletons at an ossuary reveal Hythe's hidden history


A church in Kent has literally more skeletons in its cupboards than any other in England.

The ossuary in St Leonard's church in Hythe houses bones and skulls that were dug up from local graveyards around 700 years ago, possibly to clear space for the vast numbers of people who perished during the Black Death.

Shaun Williamson finds out about the different theories as to why such a large collection of skeletons is housed in the ossuary.

He also finds out what the bones tell us about the lives and deaths of our ancestors.

The Great British Story - From the White Cliffs to Hastings is broadcast on BBC One South East on Tuesday, 12 June at 22:35 BST and nationwide for seven days on iPlayer thereafter.

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