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100 graves found during tram dig

Metrolink building site Credit: MEN Syndication

Metrolink engineers building a new city centre tram crossing have discovered the remains of over 100 people under Cross Street.

The grim but fascinating discovery was made during test digs six months ago for the Second City Crossing, it has emerged.

The remains are thought to have been buried around 200 years ago by members of the Cross Street Chapel, part of the Unitarian Church.

But the site, directly beneath where the new tracks will be laid, has now been temporarily closed off, while archaeologists work to excavate the bodies. They will be interred elsewhere, possibly at Manchester’s Southern Cemetery. Read more here.