Works stopped when skeletons were found
I CAN confirm that the views expressed by your Bristol Times correspondent Patrick Collins (BT, Dec4) about the skeletons found during the excavations for Lewis's in the 1950s are correct.
In 1954 I joined Bristol City Parks tree maintenance team and, although I was not present at the time, a year or so earlier the gang had to remove several large trees which were on the perimeter of the old Horsefair.
As they grubbed out the trees it wasn't long before they came across some skeletons.
Work stopped immediately and some boffins came from Bristol University to reassure the gang that there was no danger of infection.
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The boffins removed a number of skeletons and took them back to the university.
The tree gang were paid a few shillings a week on top of their wages and so called "dirty money" which stopped when the work was completed.