Church of

St Peter and St Paul



Lead Relic

In 1619, a relic was found in the north aisle of the church of a man filled with solid lead. John Weever's Ancient Funeral Monuments (1631) had an account of it. It is believed that the lead was used to preserve the bones as it was seen to be in the very cells of them.

In 1776 the head was preserved in the library of St John's College Cambridge, where it can still be found today. The bone fragments have long since disintegrated.

The Lead Head
c.St. John's College Library
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The leaded skeleton was believed to be the corpse of some feudal chief who was actually interred in the fortifications of the old castle. The body was certainly buried before or just after the introduction of Christianity as it was buried north to south as in pagan burials.