Builders working on the construction of new homes in Littleton, England, were shocked when they stumbled across a 350 year old skeleton buried in a shallow grave, just a few hundred feet away from a church cemetary.
Michael Lupton, a parish councillor and member of Littleton Local History Group, said: “There was a story going about that the body was a suicide.
“If this was the case it would not have been buried in the village’s churchyard. The church authorities in those days would not allow them to be buried in consecrated ground.”
Ms Matthews was then contacted by resident Juliet Gayton who found evidence that a Ralph Harfell committed suicide in Littleton around 1652.