Historians in spin over hunt for missing bodies

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The mystery of Sheffield Cathedral’s missing bodies has hit the national headlines and sent historians into a spin.

Workmen stumbled across the entrance to the Shrewsbury tomb and opened it for the first time in 200 years – only to find just two coffins inside.

At least 17 members of the Shrewsbury family, Lords of Sheffield Manor for generations, should have been in there. Among the missing bodies are the fourth Earl of Shrewsbury, who built Manor Lodge, and sixth, who married Bess of Hardwick and was Mary Queen of Scots’ jailer.

Since The Star revealed the story yesterday, staff at the Cathedral have been inundated with people wanting to find out more. Although it is in the middle of a huge renovation the Cathedral remains open to visitors and the Earls’ tombs can just been seen behind protective screens.

Clara Morgan, curator of Social History at Museums Sheffield, said: “Where are they now? Have they ever been seen in the Cathedral’s Shrewsbury Crypt at all?

“This is a really good mystery for local historians to try and get their teeth into.”

Experts from Sheffield University will be working with staff at the Cathedral in a bid to solve the mystery.