Captain Matthew Flinders – a legal history

On 13 July 2024, Captain Matthew Flinders will be buried within the church of St Mary and the Holy Rood in Donington, Lincolnshire. A native of Donington, Flinders died in 1814 and was buried in the London cemetery which became St James burial ground. It was thought that his remains were lost and there was an urban myth that Captain Flinders was buried beneath platform15. However, in January 2019 archaeologists working on the HS2 project discovered the burial ground of the explorer as part of their works in advance of construction of the new high-speed terminus station. They were able to identify his remains by the ornate lead name plate placed on top of his coffin. Continue reading