Medieval skeletons unearthed in coffin in Kimbrose Triangle, Gloucester
TWO skeletons believed to date from medieval times have been found in Gloucester by workmen at Kimbrose Triangle.
The Gloucestershire County Council team were digging the area between Southgate Street and Kimbrose Way in the £7million Gloucester Linkages project, when the discovery was made on Tuesday.
The council’s archaeology team said they have found two skeletons in the remains of a coffin but they are unable to identify the gender of the bones, which will have to be taken away for further investigation.
Nigel Edgeworth, the council’s projects manager said: “There are two skeletons in there and it is exciting news to find it.
“At first we thought it could be Roman because of the Roman wall which is believed to be around here but then we found that they were actually buried in a coffin, because we have found the nails and things, and we think that they are probably medieval.”
The site in Kimbrose Way is rich in later history. It gets its name from St Kyneburgh, who was apparently killed and thrown down a well near the city’s south gate.
Wanting to remain a virgin, she fled an arranged marriage and was adopted by a Gloucester baker. But the baker’s wife killed her out of jealousy.
St Kyneburgh’s chapel was built there and later converted in the 16th Century into almshouses by Sir Thomas Bell, who ran a cap factory at the nearby Blackfriars Priory after its dissolution.
Paul Nichols, from the council’s archeology service, said it is possible that the skeletons could come from the time of St Kyneburgh.
He said: “The site of St Kyneburgh is recorded as being at the site of the South gate but there are no exact records to say where it is because it was demolished.”
Workers are now working on other areas of the projects while the bones are recorded. They are expected to be sent to an osteoarchaeologist in York later today.
Kimbrose Way, which runs between Southgate Street and Commercial Road, closed on Monday, April 26, and is expected to re-open on June 28.