Quaker graves discovered under meetings room at Brighton’s Corn Exchange

A 200-year-old Quaker burial site has been discovered on Brighton’s Royal Pavilion Estate.

The graves were discovered during redevelopment work at Brighton Dome Corn Exchange.

Skeletons are in the process of being exhumed from underneath the area that was formerly the venue’s mini-conference room.

The find could bring a whole new meaning to whatever the Victorian equivalent phrase was for ‘Death by Powerpoint’.

The remains are thought to be from ‘Quakers Croft’, a burial ground that existed before the Royal Pavilion Estate was built.

Alan Robins, chair of Brighton & Hove City Council’s tourism, development and culture committee said: “We understand that up to nine graves have been uncovered during the excavations. The remains will be examined to determine more about the deceased before being re-buried or cremated.

“This is a significant find for the archaeologists and another important addition to the city’s rich cultural story.”

Darryl Palmer of Archaeology South-East who is managing the dig on site, says: “This is a significant find that shines a light on an important historical moment in the city. The Quaker meeting house and cemetery at the Dome is recorded on the Bishop’s map of 1803 and absent by the OS town plan of 1876.”

A spokesperson for Brighton Quakers said: “We are fascinated to hear of this link with our past and look forward to learning more.”

The work at the historic Corn Exchange is part of an ambitious project to restore and reunite the Royal Pavilion Estate buildings and gardens. The work began in March this year, 2017, and is expected to continue to timetable for completion by late 2018.

For more information about the project, click here. 

Photo credit: Carlotta Luke

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

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