Hilltop History – The Bones Buried In An Abbey Casket

The newspapers described the discovery of bones at Shaftesbury Abbey in 1931 as ‘one of the greatest historical discoveries of the century’.

They are considered to be the remains of Edward the Martyr, who was murdered whilst visiting Corfe. The bones would have been placed inside a lead box and hidden by the nuns before the Abbey was destroyed by King Henry VIII’s officers.

Nick Crump and Claire Ryley discuss the find and Dave Hardiman reveals how the international press reacted to it.