THERE ARE stories of historic mass grave-sites in Hedon. Thomas Hayton has heard these tales of bodies, possibly plague victims, buried at Market Hill and on Draper’s Lane fields (the old Westlands Fields). He asks whether there are any facts to these local legends?
Can readers give any credence to these stories?
Hedon certainly was affected by bubonic plague (“the Black Death”) in the 12th and 13th centuries and was the scene of a cholera epidemic in 1849. But what happened to the bodies?
Of course a good source of information about Hedon’s past, its local legends, stories and historical facts, is to be found at Hedon Museum – a wealth of knowledge is accessible just by speaking to the enthusiastic volunteers who work there!
The Museum, accessible from Watmough’s Arcade in the town centre, is open Saturday and Wednesdays from 10am – 4pm.
See Hedon Museum’s latest exhibition – A Peep in the Pram.