Crypt of St. Leonard

Crypt of St. Leonard, Hythe: Address, Phone Number, Crypt of St. Leonard Reviews: 4.5/5

Crypt of St. Leonard
4.5
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Medieval church with an extraordinary "ossuary" (the largest and best-preserved collection of ancient human skulls and bones in Britain). The bones are in a room built as part of the 13th-century extensions to the church. The room is sometimes known as the "crypt" but it is above-ground and can be visited from Easter to the end of September. The church is a wonderful example of how English parish churches have grown and changed through history, with a a variety of architectural styles and features. There are some remarkable medieval "pilgrim graffiti" in the church, too. The church is open during daylight hours every day.
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Char
United Kingdom1,011 contributions
Sep 2021 • Family
We were a little surprised at the size of the crypt, although we weren’t sure either what to expect. We paid a small entrance fee, something like £2/£4 each, which acted as a donation I believe. We were given a quick introduction to the front of the crypt with a few interesting points noted out for us, then left alone to roam around.
It’s a very fascinating place, not for everyone but if you’re interested in the history it’s with a visit.
Written November 18, 2021
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squidge251
Chatham, UK14 contributions
Sep 2021
Hidden away up a steep hill just off Hythe High Street is this crypt. Over 1,000 skulls and bones in differing states. A very helpful lady is there to answer questions. It costs £2 to enter and is well worth that. If you want to spend an unusual half hour visiting something different, look no further.
Written October 1, 2021
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rjay1944bob
West Sussex, UK52 contributions
Sep 2021
Enthusiastic volunteers give you a talk about this fascinating little hidden gem of Hythe. Well worth the walk up a very steep hill!
Written September 23, 2021
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Cherriesfan99
Cheltenham, UK280 contributions
Sep 2021
Trying to explain to some friends that we went to see a collection of bones and skulls piled high but dating back to C15th was a bit of a challenge, to give a picture of just how strangely fascinating the ossuary actually is. Not strictly speaking in a crypt (as it is not below ground), the collection itself, stands 6 foot tall , 6 foot deep and about 20 foot long, with many skulls originating from women and children.
Surprisingly ,the ossuary is not as macabre as you might imagine, although the place certainly has an unusual appeal about it.
One fact I was astounded about was that the bones were collected and stacked in their present formation (by the army ), in 1906.The bones have remained there in that same spot ever since, even when the 1942 bombing raid knocked out the East Window of the church adjacent.
Do go and see this almost unique site.
Written September 22, 2021
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SergioR1
Eastbourne, UK255 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
A very interesting visit to a beautiful church & unique crypt or chapel full of human bones. Friendly staff and a knowledgable guide. Educational and unusual.
Written September 19, 2021
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matthewgoldsmith163
Burgess Hill, UK23 contributions
Sep 2021 • Family
A fabulous experience with a superb steward Mr John Howard, whose infectious enthusiasm, humour and knowledge made it an entertaining pleasure. It’s also a bargain at £2 each entry.
Written September 13, 2021
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Jane B
Ashford, UK2 contributions
Sep 2021
The Crypt is a very interesting place and the price is very reasonable at £2 per adult. You get to find out the history of the skulls and bones that have been found out so far.
The guide, Diana was very knowledgeable and informative and even told us more of Hythe’s history. We were allowed to take as many photos as we wanted but cannot touch the bones as our oils will damage them. There were a couple that were discoloured and we found out the story why this was so.
It was not an eerie place at all as I though we were being slightly morbid by going to visit bones!! It was truly fascinating as I love the biology of the human body!!
Well worth a visit and it doesn’t take a long time.
Written September 6, 2021
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Dyl C
Ravenstone, UK70 contributions
Sep 2021
We were visiting Hythe and stumbled upon the existence of the Ossuary by chance. Greeted by a lovely lady upon opening, we were regaled with tales of its existence for a mere £2 each. We learnt a lot about why the bones were there and why some were discoloured. It was a very peaceful and humbling environment.
If you're into Ossuaries, don't let this one pass you by.
Written September 2, 2021
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VickiLou81
Sittingbourne, UK35 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
A fascinating crypt full of human bones. The lady on the door gave us an information sheet and also told us facts about the bones. There is an entrance fee - we paid £5 for a family of 4 and only 6 people are allowed in at once. It’s quite a small crypt, we spent about 15 minutes looking around. Very interesting place!
Written August 31, 2021
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James_Sam
Derby, UK399 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
A fascinating collection of human bones and skulls. The guide who is present has a good knowledge of all possible questions and a knowledge of lots of facts.
Written August 5, 2021
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