18th-century tombs discovered under All Saints Church

Renovation works in All Saints Church in Odiham, Hampshire, South United Kingdom, revealed tombs dating back to the 18th century.

Renovation works in the All Saints Church (by Basington Gazette)
Renovation works in the All Saints Church (by Basington Gazette)

Workers discovered tombs of some of the village’s dignitaries while carrying out renovation works within the church’s interior. Underneath the flooring, which was stripped for installation of a new heating system, vaults were discovered. They contained bones and resting places of many fabled characters in Odiham’s history. Among the burials are the ones of Reverend James Mapleton (buried in August 1763) and Gideon Elliot – a former gamekeeper at Odiham Manor (buried in 1753). Moreover, four burial stones were also found with the bodies within the graves undisturbed.

(after Basington Gazette)

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