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6642


Newcastle


Newcastle, Church of St. Nicholas, churchyard


Newcastle


NZ26SW NZ26SE


Religious Ritual and Funerary


Mixed Cemetery


Churchyard


Medieval


C15


Documentary Evidence


Northkyrkestile (1430), Odeschere (1366). Two medieval floreated grave covers were found in around 1886 - they dated to 12th century and 13th century. Bourne lists the inscriptions on the tombs, monuments and graves, including a description of a monument to Henry, Earl of Northumberland. The lane to the north side of the churchyard was called Ratunrau (1292), Ratounrawe (1335), Ratunrawe (1393) and Rattenrawe (1425) - means Rat's Row. The churchyard is said to be haunted by the spirit of Martha Williams who was murdered in the churchyard by two graverobbers {Kirkup 2009}.


2501


6403


NZ25016403



H. Bourne, 1736, The History of Newcastle upon Tyne, pp 62-73; P.F. Ryder, 1994, St. Nicholas' Cathedral, Newcastle upon Tyne - An Archaeological Watching Brief, November/December 1994; Pre-Construct Archaeology, March 2007, An Archaeological Evaluation at the Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear; Rob Kirkup, 2009, Ghostly Tyne and Wear, pages 47-50; Alan Morgan, 2004, Beyond the Grave - Exploring Newcastle's Burial Grounds, pp 15-16

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