Roman Coffin

View from Priston Hill
photo taken by Richard Bottle
It was Kelson and Edward Lippiatt who found the Roman coffin in 1917 in Great Croft Field on Hill Farm.
The coffin dates from around  100 AD and housed the body of a woman with bronze bracelets on each of her arms.
Some of the  hundreds of sightseers at the time apparently threw rocks at the coffin and broke it  - it is said they confused "Roman" for "Roman Catholic".
[adapted from text in "Our Millennium Book"]

Read the 1917 report of the original coffin find, (893kb) and see photos of the armlets removed from the coffin in 1917.