>> Sunday, August 28, 2016
Opening times and prices are on the church website.
The bones are mostly skull and leg bones. Those being the only ones 'required' for resurrection according to medieval superstition. The guide said this is may be wrapped up with the skull and crossbones symbolism too.
There are varying theories given for around 2000 people being here. Some more plausible ones are to do with grave yard clearance or the fact that this church is on the pilgrim way and an ossuary (bone crypt) will attract more worshippers or pilgrims (and their money presumably!)
The entrance is inside the church and you go down with a guide. Ours was lovely and I think they are volunteers that are a part of the church community (or the church wardens.)
The amount of bones in there completely takes away from any fear or horridness I had expected to feel. Even Cog was fine with it.
It is just completely fascinating.
Piles of bones every way you turn.
Have a read on the website as there are some very interesting details in PDFs on there.
The Sheffield University are currently doing more analysis on the bones. So more information will continue to become available.
If you are passing, go visit.