Pub landlord makes grim discovery as 15 skeletons found under kitchen floor

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A pub landlord has a grisly shock at the discovery of 15 skeletons buried beneath his boozer.

The Harding Street Tavern in Northampton was built on top of a little-known burial ground and went three decades in business before an owner stumbled upon human remains.

According to pub historian Dave Knibb, the tavern was built in the 1800s on land which previously belonged to a priory in the town centre, NorthantsLive reports.

After opening its doors in 1859, it was 30 years before the pub's eerie history, and the bones that came with it were unearthed when work on the pub was carried out.

Although its doors shut for good mid-way through the last century, the pub on 44 Upper Harding Street remains well thought of in Northampton

In his book Last Orders: A History and Directory of Northampton Pubs and Inns Trading before 1945, Dave said it is "fondly remembered" by many.

"A well-loved and fondly remembered pub, the Harding Street Tavern spend over 50 years as a direct neighbour to the Lord Raglan which was on the corner with Upper Priory Street," Dave said.

The pub racked up over a hundred years of business in this part of town, and had some long-lasting landlords who became well loved in the local community.

"One of the keys to its settled life came from the continuity of its landlords," Dave said.

"The Smith family had a 33 year tenancy, followed by over 20 years by the Oakenfull brothers."

But the building had a much spookier past than some might think.

In 1889, around 30 years after the pub first opened, the owners made a grisly discovery about its location.

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The building was on the site of the Priory of St Andrew, and while works were being done to the building, the owners uncovered something truly chilling.

"In 1889, 15 complete skeletons were found under the kitchen floor," Dave said.

"So, the pub was on the site of the burial grounds. I won't make any jokes about spirits though."

Sadly the pub closed its doors for the last time after more than 100 years of trading in the early 1970s, but the spooky story about its location remains bone-tingling to this day.

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