Usually skeletons are 6ft underground with no chance of ever being seen again. So when we visited St Leonards Church, it was quite strange to see hundreds of them on display, in the basement. Even more strange, is that no one is really certain where they came from. There are a few theories floating around, such as a pirate battle, the plague and other disease epidemics. But the theory that holds the most weight, is that graves needed to be moved to expand the church, and instead of burying them again, they were kept in the basement. However, seeing as the bones are estimated to be over 700 years old, it’s questionable whether these bodies all came from Hythe. Britain now has a booming population but back then its doubtful there were even that many people living there and in the surrounding area. So we’re never going to be 100% sure of their origin!There are 1022 skulls held here which are thought to be mostly European. With quite a few of the skulls you can see the likely cause of the person’s death. Some more clearer than others, as you can see below.There were also a lot of bones victim to cribra orbitalia. This is likely due from poor diet or infection and shows up with small prickles across the bones.It’s not all doom and gloom though, the skulls aren’t just hosts to the speculations of death. Now home to hundreds of spiders and the occasional family of birds, life seems to of formed itself around death here.This display is an oddly fascinating tourist attraction and one I had no idea about, until we were passing through on our way back to Bristol from Amsterdam. Perfect to get you in the Halloween mood and break up a long journey.