mortsafe


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mortsafe

(ˈmɔːtˌseɪf)
n
(in the 19th century)a heavy iron cage or grille placed over the grave of a newly deceased person in order to deter body snatchers
[C19: from mort dead body (via Old French from Latin mors death) + safe]
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This mortsafe is one of only a handful remaining in their original locations in Britain.
"That would be why her body was protected by the mortsafe - her family were concerned that it would be stolen.
Frank Caldwell, Sandwell Council's museums manager, said: "The body protected by the mortsafe belonged to a young woman who we found suffered from a disfiguring skin and bone disease, which meant that her remains would have fetched a premium for the body snatchers.
As well as the mortsafe, the team discovered three coffins buried with large planks of wood on top of them - evidence of attempts to deter the body snatchers.
It's thought to be the only mortsafe recorded in the Midlands.
www.forestlawn.com Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh This Scottish cemetery was a hunting ground for bodysnatchers such as Burke and Hare - hence a number of "mortsafes", metal cages to protect coffins from interference.
It was so bad that mortsafes or metal cages were erected in cemeteries where dead bodies were locked away and left to decompose until they were of no use to medics.
er ered rd HEADLINES J How the Record covered the murderous goings-on of Pritchard and Newell in Glasgow at the time PROTECTION J Mortsafes were erected to prevent doctors from stealing dead bodies for lectures FEAR er ered rd HEADLINES J How the Record covered the murderous goings-on of Pritchard and Newell in Glasgow at the time HANGED J A mercy verdict went unheeded for Susan Newell, left, while Dr Pritchard, above, lost his boots after his coffin fell apart