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Descendant’s concern over mayor’s remains buried in Holy Trinity Church, King’s Square
THE descendant of a 17th century Lord Mayor of York buried in a lost city church has appealed for reassurance his remains will not be destroyed in the redevelopment of King’s Square.
Gwyneth McDermott’s forebear Henri Tireman was Lord Mayor of York in 1668, and records show he died and was buried in Holy Trinity Church, King’s Square, in 1672.
Since discovering him through family history research Mrs McDermott said she had often wondered about his grave, and now archaeologists have uncovered the church she wants reassurance his remains will not be lost or “thrown away”.
“I would like to know, for everybody who was buried there, that they will be reburied with respect,” she said.
Mrs McDermott was born in Brighton and her mother’s maiden name was Tyreman.
Since starting to research her family history 15 years ago she has found dozens of ancestors around Osmotherly in the 16th and 17th Centuries, who she believes are connected to the York Tiremans, including Henri.
Now living in Acomb, she has found out more about the families in the city’s archives.
She believes Henri Tireman or his son, also Henri, could be behind a bequest to a nearby Goodramgate church called Tireman’s Gift, which left £300 for apprentices in the parish.
Archaeologists on the dig have explained that the land is still consecrated, so required permission from the Diocese of York before the dig could begin, and the terms of their permit to excavate the site mean they must take extreme care about disturbing burials.
The city council’s archaeologist John Oxley said: “Although burial vaults with coffins have been discovered, coffins have not been disturbed. The vaults have been carefully cleaned, broken covering stone slabs have been removed and reset, and the voids carefully filled with sand to ensure the burials remain undisturbed.”
However, a lot of “disarticulated” remains, parts of skeletons disturbed and put back by earlier grave digging and building, have been found.
“The material collected to date has been reinterred in an empty burial vault within the former church. The Reverend Jane Nattrass held a short service on site in September to solemnise this reburial,” Mr Oxley said.
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