The graveyard at Caldecote Church is small, containing thirteen evident graves. A few other graves are scattered around the church and, of course, there may be more whose positions are no longer known. The graveyard had been neglected; weed, thistles and poppies were concealing five foot high tombstones and where shrubs and small trees had been hacked back, their roots were left protruding from the ground, making it dangerous for visitors. Grazyna and I decided to clear the graves and the surrounding ground. We are both members of Caldecote Church Friends, a small group of volunteers with a great affection for the ancient building. Working over a period of weeks we eventually cleared the graves and it was when I was removing the final – and biggest – tree root that a hole, 300mm x 150mm approx, was revealed. This was outside the then known area of graves to the south of the church, quite close to the neighbouring land owner. Looking down, I could see a neatly pointed, red brick wall but not much else. Digging two further small, exploratory trenches proved the barrel vaulted chamber extended at least to a tombstone to the west of the hole and was an estimated 2.1m long, the roof being some 300mm below the level of surrounding ground. Probing with a long length of wood suggested a depth of over 1.8m and a probable width of 1.65m although later photos proved the vault to be 1.8m wide internally. Using an extendable camera stick a number of photos were taken which, together with photos provided by Danny Loo of ‘The Comet’ newspaper and an infra – red cine film taken by my brother-in-law, revealed the following: upon raised brick platforms were the remains of two adults together with remnants of their coffins, the decoration of which suggests the Georgian period. Below the hole and to the right hand side [looking west] embedded in silt [results of water ingress over the centuries] could be seen outlines of the remains of two small lead coffins. So who are buried in the grave? Prior to removing the last tree root I lifted out a small ‘foot’ grave stone, marking, I assumed, the feet of the interred, the same as surrounding graves. Clearing soil from around the hole, I discovered, in an upright position, the broken, lower half of another ‘foot’ stone. This broken half matched the top part of similar sized stone which had been lying around the graveyard for some years. Its faint, simple, inscription can just be read as: - T + F and below the date 1798. The two large ‘header’ stones to the west of the hole are designated for, on the right looking east, Thomas Flint [d.1798] and his son Thomas [d.1779 aged 7 weeks]. To the left of Thomas is the grave of his wife Sarah Flint [nee Risley of Astwick, married 1764, died 1807] although initially I deciphered the faint inscription on the ‘foot’ stone as 1801. Considering that between the stones mentioned above there is only the hitherto unknown brick- lined tomb, it is reasonable to assume it is probably the Flints interred therein. Perhaps some scanning of the surrounding ground might prove the existence of other such tombs. In the 18th century, the inhabitants of Caldecote village were few in number and, apart from the few local land owners, not particularly wealthy. Which raises the question of how the Flints, or anybody else for that matter, could have afforded the cost of such a tomb? On Tuesday, 1st August, I met Keith Fitzpatrick-Mathews, Curator of Hitchin Museum, on site to discuss the tomb. After viewing the photos and infra-red film, he confirmed here are indeed the remains of two lead coffins within the tomb. A further conversation with Jeffrey Hunter of diocese of Huntingdon helped with his explanation for the underground brick lined vault. Because of space restrictions in churchyards [particularly small impoverished parishes] burials were often on top of previous ones. This led to a disturbance of older graves and some scattering of the remains of those buried. Indeed Keith, whilst looking at the ground around our vault, picked up several fragments of human bones. To avoid their remains being so disturbed the more wealthy were interred in what is basically a brick cellar.