Crypt of St. Leonard
Crypt of St. Leonard

The church of St Leonard is well-known in the area and it is often simply called ‘the church with the bones’. It sits above the picturesque seaside town of Hythe. The church dates back almost a millennium and possibly goes back to Anglo-Saxon times. What makes it unique is its crypt, which has a charnel house, where over 1000 skulls and other bones that are between 600 and 1000 years old are kept. These are believed to be the remains of long-dead Hythe residents and to have come from churches and graveyards that were closed centuries ago.

Location: The Vicarage, Oak Walk, Hythe CT21 5DN

Photographer: Paul Jeffs

Crypt of St. Leonard

The church of St Leonard is well-known in the area and it is often simply called ‘the church with the bones’. It sits above the picturesque seaside town of Hythe. The church dates back almost a millennium and possibly goes back to Anglo-Saxon times. What makes it unique is its crypt, which has a charnel house, where over 1000 skulls and other bones that are between 600 and 1000 years old are kept. These are believed to be the remains of long-dead Hythe residents and to have come from churches and graveyards that were closed centuries ago.

Location: The Vicarage, Oak Walk, Hythe CT21 5DN

Photographer: Paul Jeffs