Tyne and Wear HER(6538): Newcastle, Castle Garth, human remains - Details
Newcastle, Castle Garth, human remains
Religious Ritual and Funerary
In around 1752, when workmen were digging a cellar near the Castle Keep, they found a great number of human bones around 7 feet below ground level. It was assumed that they had been buried together in a pit during a seige of the Castle. A stone coffin was also found. Brand records the same incident, adding that the cellar was for the Three Bulls Heads Inn.
The Newcastle General Magazine, V, (1752, April) p 220; J. Brand, 1789, The History and Antiquaries of the Town and County of Newcastle, Vol 1, p 173; Bourne 1752, V, p 220; Mackenzie, 1827, p 102; R.A. Richardson, 1842, Local Historian's Table Book, Historical Division, II, p 43; W.H.D Longstaffe, 1860, The New Castle upon Tyne, Archaeologia Aeliana, Series 4 (1860), p 121