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    This is an excerpt from a burial book at Bawburgh, Norfolk in 1813.

    Mem. That on the 3rd of July 1813 as some laborers were making a drain within two yards of the river dividing the parishes of Melton, Magna & Marlingford they struck upon some human bones, which upon examination proved to be those of a man. Upon this discovery it was thought proper and decent to enter them in the church yard of this parish of Bawburgh on the north side, which was accordingly done on the 25th July 1813.
    I wonder if they ever endeavoured to discover the identity of the unknown man.

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    It was very nice of them to have given him a proper burial. Perhaps they put up notices or spread the word that bones had been found and needed information to determine possibily missing person? It was a nice discovery by you, RobinC
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    on the north side
    North side, eh? In with the suicides and the excommunicated.

    Apart from the quoted note, was it recorded in the burial register in the usual way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Goodey View Post
    North side, eh? In with the suicides and the excommunicated.

    Apart from the quoted note, was it recorded in the burial register in the usual way?
    Unfortunately not, the note I quoted was on an inside leaf at the start of the book and there was only a few burials registered in 1813 with none on the 25th of July or for an unknown male.

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    Possibly not a "decent Christian burial" then.

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