Tyne and Wear HER(1432): Newcastle, St. Bartholomew's Nunnery cemetery - Details
Newcastle, St. Bartholomew's Nunnery cemetery
Religious Ritual and Funerary
In 1834-5 Grainger cleared and developed the site of the nunnery, "the Nuns' field". In the course of this work there were discovered coffins of stone, lead and wood, 3-4 feet deep, embedded in clay, a lot of bones including "several entire skulls", and "a fragment of a blue marble tombstone", with a Lombardic inscription round its margin and a cross shaft incised in the centre. It was also reported that human remains had been found under the pavement in Grainger Street. It was suggested, quite reasonably, that these were from the nuns' cemetery but, without a precise findspot or clear association with the nunnery church, it is impossible to be wholly certain.
<< HER 1432 >> Newcastle Courant, 1835, 21 March 1835, p. 4 col. 4 M.A. Richardson, 1844, Local Historian's Table Book, Historical Division, IV, 200 Newcastle Library Local Studies, Newcastle Cuttings, (date unknown), Old Newcastle: Traces of the Nuns II, 40