Human bones found at Islington building site are ‘from Victorian age’

The scene of the construction site off Goswell Road, Finsbury, last Wednesday afternoon. Picture: Da

The scene of the construction site off Goswell Road, Finsbury, last Wednesday afternoon. Picture: Daniel McGowan - Credit: Archant

The human bones unearthed by construction workers last week are from the Victorian age.

Last Wednesday (January 20), a police investigation was launched at the site off Goswell Road, Finsbury. But no further action will be taken after a Museum of London archaeologist said the bones probably came from the Victorian era (1837-1901).

But it is not known why they were there.

Work at the site, a former car park next to the Turnpike House tower block, began again on Friday. It will see 140 homes built.

But the construction company, Higgins, was only allowed to start digging again today. An archaeologist will now be stationed in case any more remains are found.


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Daniel McGowan, 36, who lives in Turnpike House, saw a “long white thing” pulled out of the ground on Wednesday last week.

“I first noticed something happening at about 1pm when I saw two officers on site looking at the big hole in the ground and pointing.

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“And I saw someone pick something out. It was a big long white thing and looked like it could be a bone.”

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “The bones were considered to be human after being assessed, but it was found they were probably from the Victorian age. It is not a crime scene.”

Higgins has been contacted for comment.

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