Tyne and Wear HER(5452): Cleadon, five human burials - Details
Cleadon, five human burials
Religious Ritual and Funerary
Five burials were found near Cleadon Tower in 1927. Wawn suggests that they were members of the Chambers family of Cleadon House, who had a dispute with the Bishop of Durham, which led to their excommunication. As excommunicants, they would have been denied the right to burial in consecrated ground. The burials may have been exhumed from a small gravel pit close to Cleadon House (HER 2582).
<< HER 5452 >> John Mabbitt, Tyne and Wear Museums, 2003, 2-4 Sunderland Road, Cleadon, Archaeological Assessment W. Hutchinson, 1785, The History and Antiquities of the County Palatine of Durham, Volume 2 D. Wawn, Cleadon, County Durham: Notes on its Antiquities