Bray, S., (1998). Preliminary Archaeological Investigations of the Compton Family Crypt at Compton Wynyates. Phoenix Exhumation Ltd: Phoenix Exhumations Ltd.

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Preliminary Archaeological Investigations of the Compton Family Crypt at Compton Wynyates
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Phoenix Exhumations Ltd unpublished report series
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https://doi.org/10.5284/1038796
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Between the 10th and 11th October 1998 Phoenix Exhumations Ltd completed a rapid archaeological investigation in the church of St. Mary Magdalene. The church is in the grounds of the Marquess of Northampton's ancestral home, which is largely sixteenth century in date The specific aims of the survey were to: 1) Establish the location, and overall plan of the crypt within the church. 2) To ascertain the state of preservation of the coffins. 3) The identity of those entombed. . 4) To discover if the body of the second Earl of Northampton was in the crypt. 5) To learn if the crypt and church had been descrated by Parliamentarian troops during the Civil War. The crypt was rectangular in plan, divided into two separate aisles by a massive central column. Two entrances were found, one let into the ceiling at the south end, and the other via a doorway in the north wall. Within the crypt, were at least twenty-eight separate lead coffins, largely neatly arranged around the aisles. Thirteen of these coffins were identified through their depositum plaques, and dates to the eighteenth century. A separate group of coffins piled in the north-western corner were found to be earlier in date. This assemblage contained two burials of special interest, an anthropoid coffin. The other interment of note, was a viscera container. A brief structural assessment indicated that the whole church and crypt were re-built during the late seventeenth century, a result of its possible demolition during the Civil War.
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S Bray
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Phoenix Exhumations Ltd
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Historic England (OASIS Reviewer)
Warwickshire HER (OASIS Reviewer)
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1998
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Site: Compton Wynyates
County: WARWICKSHIRE
District: STRATFORD ON AVON
Parish: COMPTON WYNYATES
Country: England
Grid Reference: 433010, 241930 (Easting, Northing)
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Find: COFFINS Post Medieval
Monus: CRYPT Post Medieval
Monus: RELIGIOUS RITUAL AND FUNERARY Post Medieval
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OASIS Id: phoenixe1-163146
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Blue card cover, heat bound.
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01 Feb 2018
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