But scientists from the University of Sheffield, who "assumed the ossuary was a medieval thing", were also surprised to find bones from the last century.

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The Holy Trinity crypt is just one of two 13th Century sites in the UK, with the other being at St Leonard's in Hythe, Kent.

Rothwell has a Non-League football team Rothwell Corinthians F.C. who play at Seargeant's Lawn, Desborough Road.

"It seems people continued to put skulls and bones down here, not only into the post-medieval period but even as late as around 1900," Dr Lizzie Craig-Atkins said.

Pubs in the town traditionally remain open after the proclamation, and so much merriment is to be had all through the morning. It has been suggested, however, that the traditional route for the fair should be moved to avoid town-centre traffic congestion.

It was incorporated into the City of Leeds metropolitan borough, West Yorkshire by the Local Government Act 1972. Its inclusion in the Leeds district as opposed to the Wakefield metropolitan district was controversial: originally planned for the Leeds district, it was added to the Wakefield district at the request of residents, but then moved to the Leeds district by the House of Lords.[6]

Local transport information: Visit www.wymetro.com for information on getting to and from Rothwell Leisure Centre by public transport.

The 13th century crypt contains the remains of around 2500 individuals

There are numerous teams in the wider Rothwell ward, these include; Carlton Athletic and Robin Hood Athletic, among others.

The process, which took weeks to complete, involved the bone samples being crushed, chemically separated and freeze dried before graphite was extracted.

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There are two high schools in the Rothwell area:

The church has one of only two known bone crypts or "charnel houses" in the country; it contains the remains of around 1,500 people. The other surviving ossuary is in St Leonard's Church in Hythe, Kent.

The town was granted the rights of a market town in the 15th century and a twice yearly fair. The tradition of a fair is maintained by the annual carnival which is organised by the Rothwell Entertainments Committee. May Day is celebrated beside the stone cross and on the Pastures on the first Monday Bank Holiday in May, while Rothwell Carnival is held in Springhead Park on the second Saturday of July every year.

If you wish to see this unique collection the crypt is open to the public on Sundays from 2.30pm to 4.30pm from Easter to the end of September.

The town has a rich history and possesses a large parish church, the longest in the county and complete with bone-crypt, and the Market House built by Thomas Tresham in 1578. Rothwell was once one of the three largest towns in Northamptonshire, the other two being Northampton and Stamford (which is now in Lincolnshire).

The ancient parish of Rothwell: historical and genealogical information at GENUKI.

There is a skateboard park in Springhead Park which has a variety of simple ramps suitable for both skateboards or push bikes and unfortunately is not suitable for scooters

The tennis courts in Springhead Park having been newly resurfaced, and are free to use.

Rothwell has a vibrant town centre, including high street chains Boots, Greggs, Morrisons, Subway, Specsavers, Natwest, HSBC, Co-op Travel as well as independent boutique shops. Rothwell is home to a number of pubs and restaurants, including Italian and Indian cuisine. Rothwell has an independent pet shop which is a renowned reptile specialist.[citation needed]

Testing on five skull samples was carried out by scientists at the University of Sheffield, using facilities based at the Queen's University in Belfast.

'The Bridge’ charity shop we hope will be what the name expresses – a place that bridges a gap between the church and community. As well as growing out of the name given to the street of its location (Bridge Street), the association with Jesus is paramount. Many times, as you walk through life day-by-day, you will encounter all sorts of bridges (physical, mental and spiritual). Bridges go over obstacles that keep you from getting where you need to go

The Salvation Army is a Church and registered Charity in England (214779), Wales (214779), Scotland (SC009359) and the Republic of Ireland (CHY6399)

Since 2007 the town centre has experienced a major redevelopment to respect the local area's conservation status[citation needed], pedestrianising and restoring the original route of Commercial Street. There is also plenty of free parking.

More latterly, the crypt has been reorganised such that the skulls are now displayed on shelves around the walls, and the thigh bones displayed in two large square piles in the centre.A favourite pastime of guides on Sunday afternoons is to enter the crypt in front of visitors so that they can witness the gasps of sheer amazement as visitors first enter!  


Rothwell is mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book ("Rodewelle"), at a time famed for being the site of a royal hunting lodge at Rothwell Castle, off Wood Lane.[citation needed]

Researchers now plan to gather further samples to gather a fuller picture of when bodies found in the crypt were laid to rest.

Oulton Hall golf course, which is currently owned by hotel group De Vere is located adjacent to Oulton Lane. The only 5-star golf resort in the North of England.[9]

The church organises a wide range of events including, in June 2013, a concert by noted British accordionist John Kirkpatrick.[3]

Holy Trinity Church in Rothwell, Northamptonshire - home to one of only two 13th Century crypts in the UK - contains the remains of 2,500 people.

Rothwell Competitive Music Festival takes place annually every March attracting amateur musicians and singers from all over Yorkshire. Besides the two annual fairs, a Christmas Fayre takes place in the autumn, and a food and drink fayre in early spring.

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Professor Paula Reimer, from the University of Belfast, said: "We know what the rate of change of the amount of radio carbon is, so we measure what is still in the sample and from that we can calculate how long it has been since death."

Since 2007 the town centre has experienced a major redevelopment to respect the local area's conservation status, pedestrianising and restoring the original route of Commercial Street. There is also plenty of free parking.

Both Royds and Rodillian have sixth form colleges integrated in the school environment.

Although the south chancel wall, with its corbel table, complete with three round-headed windows date from the 11th century and the west tower dates from the 1170s, most of the church is 13th century. The tower at one time had a spire, but in 1660 this collapsed, severely damaging the nave.[2]

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John Blenkinsop (1783–1831), is buried at Holy Trinity Church. He was a pioneer in the use of steam locomotives on the nearby Middleton Railway.