16,000 bodies to be dug up in Hull

Published: Saturday 29th November 2014 by The News Editor

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The remains of around 16,000 people will have to be dug up from a cemetery in Hull to allow a road-widening scheme to go ahead.

The Highways Agency has asked everyone who thinks they may have relatives buried at the Trinity Burial Ground to come forward before the mass exhumations begin.

A handful of people have already contacted the agency following the launch of the appeal earlier this week.

The burial ground, next to the Mytongate roundabout, was used from 1783 to 1861 when the cemetery of Holy Trinity Church ran out of space for new graves.

It saw a number of mass burials in the wake of cholera, smallpox and typhoid outbreaks.

The bodies are set to be removed from around a third of the cemetery in 2016 and 2017 to make way for the road project, which will cost between £129 and £192 million.

They will then possibly be cremated before being reburied in the churchyard.

A spokesperson for the Highways Agency said they felt contacting the relatives was “the right thing to do”, even though they are not obliged to notify next of kin if the burial happened more than 100 years ago.

Copyright Press Association 2014

Published: Saturday 29th November 2014 by The News Editor

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  • Angela Quarterman

    What about the people who are tracing their genealogy? Is someone going to keep a record of who they have dug up and what was printed on their headstone?

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