Bodies found in Ipswich park

PICNICKERS using Ipswich's favourite park could be forgiven for choking on their sandwiches today after it emerged the skeletons of up to 100 people are lying just centimetres below them.

PICNICKERS using Ipswich's favourite park could be forgiven for choking on their sandwiches today after it emerged the skeletons of up to 100 people are lying just centimetres below them.

Construction workers digging a drain in the front lawn of Christchurch Mansion have uncovered a previously unknown graveyard - and the remains are lying just 30 centimetres underground.

The discovery of the skeletons has excited archaeologists and park staff who say it has unlocked a long-forgotten chapter in the park's history.

What remains unclear though is how popular the news will be among the park users who lounge away summer hours on the lawn.

Sam Pollard, Christchurch Park manager, said: “We uncovered one, then another, then another. We started off with toes and moved up a leg until we found a skull on four remains.”

Reverend David Cutts from St Margaret's Church said: “It's fascinating.”

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