Pub's Workmen Uncover a Leper Grave; GRISLY FIND: Human Skulls and Bones Found during Excavation Work

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Byline: By Jane Stirland

HUMAN bones, thought to be from medieval lepers, have been found during renovation work at a Coventry pub.

The grisly discovery was made by builders during excavations at the Four Provinces in Allesley Old Road, Chapelfields. Work has now been halted while archaeologists probe the site.

Publican Kieran Connolly said: "The builders were digging up the foundations of the gents toilets and kitchen when they found the bones.

"They are now in the hands of archaeologists at the city's Herbert museum and we have been told to stop work at the site until they have investigated.

"We understand the bones are about 900 years old and are likely to be from lepers.

There are several leg bones, a jaw bone still with one or two teeth in it, a cranium bone from the top of a skull and femur and foot bones.

"We weren't too surprised when we found them as we knew there was once a leper chapel in Chapelfields.

"We knew they weren't recent bones as they were clearly very old and crumbling and must have been under the foundations of the building for a very long time."

George Demidowicz, who leads the conservation and archaeology team at the city council, confirmed that the bones are medieval and are likely to be from lepers.

He said: "It was a condition of planning consent for the building work at the pub that we should be able to investigate the site as we suspected finds were likely.

"It is exciting for us as this is the first real evidence we have unearthed to confirm what we have long expected. …