NOSTALGIA: Saint Botolph’s bones thought to be found during bridge works in Boston in 1971

Human bones believed to be the remains of Botolph, the saint who gave his name to Boston, were unearthed in the town 50 years ago.

Pictured examining the bones are (from left) Mr Duce, site workmen Terry Kirk, Alan MacIntyre and Sebastian Dangerfield, and Mr R. Baker, the parish church verger.
Pictured examining the bones are (from left) Mr Duce, site workmen Terry Kirk, Alan MacIntyre and Sebastian Dangerfield, and Mr R. Baker, the parish church verger.

Workmen doing the piling for the foundations of the new footbridge over the River Haven, near the Stump, discovered the bones while drilling.

The Rev Alan Duce said: “The fact these were found 25ft down means they are very old. No one is buried as deep as that so the soil level has changed a great deal since the body was put there.”

He added: “We know that Botolph was buried somewhere near the site.”

Experts were being called in to examine the bones.