Hundreds of years ago the Chapel of St. Morrell was located in east Leicestershire, England. Today, the church and all of its faithful gatherers have since passed on, leaving behind nothing but the stories told by their graves and surviving possessions. Including this newly uncovered grave containing a couple holding hands.
Morrell was once one of the busiest towns in Leicestershire, England, but unfortunately no pictures from this time period exist. Archeologists from the University of Leicester are determined to find answers, as they continue to dig up the remains of this long-lost community, one bone at a time.
Perhaps the most incredible grave they have dug up so far is that of a couple holding hands for the last 700 years. In a single grave, this loving pair continues to practice their wedding vows. The two lovers are estimated to have died sometime around the 14th century.
The St. Michael Church in Hallaton served as the popular city center, with frequent fairs, and plenty of people. Due to the fact the couple are buried alone, away from the local church cemetery in Hallaton, some speculate they were ill, foreigners, or even criminals.
But what if they just liked to live out on their own, away from the city life? Perhaps the family that laid these 2 to rest with teary eyes knew that even in death they would prefer to be away from all of the hustle and bustle, on their own piece of property just on the outskirts of civilization.
The happily-dead couple was of Christian faith, we know this because the bodies were buried facing east-west, which was the traditional Christian burial method during this time period.
These are not the only graves with double occupants inside, leading some to believe this was not an unusual practice in Leicestershire.
Other bodies found at this site include an older gentleman with damage to the skull, from what looks like a knock to the head with a pole during battle. There is also a younger man buried with knees drawn up to his chest and damaged teeth.
Not only are bodies being dug up, but so too are remnants of the church. Chapel materials such as, stone masonry, tile, silver coins, and wall plaster have been uncovered, telling a story on their own. From these materials it is estimated that these people lived between the 12th and 16th century.
The crew continues to dig out the site to learn more about the culture that once lived and thrived here. Due to the fact there are no remaining photographs of the actual church back in its hay-day, the recovered bodies and materials may never be fully explained.
No matter who these two lovers were like in life, it is clear that they must have loved each other very much–otherwise, what cruel family member would make them share a grave for the rest of forever? In reality, their relationship was probably strong enough that those survived by them felt it important to communicate their bond even in death.
Think 700 years is a long time? Another skeleton couple holding hands was uncovered back in 2011 in Italy, and this pair dates back 1,500-years! According to the archeologists on the Italian dig, the remains are from the 6th Century AD. In 2007, another couple holding hands was unburied near the Institute of Archaeology and Art History in Cluj-Napocca, Romania. Some people believe that the couple found in Romania is the remains of Romeo and Juliet.
No matter the real story behind any of the couples found buried together holding hands, they all give a new meaning to the phrase, “Till death do us part…”