Cross Bones Cemetary
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The Outcast Dead of London
The Outcast Dead of London
There is a sad little fenced lot on Red Cross Way in Southwark. It is filled with broken concrete slabs, patches of overgrown grass and the unmarked graves of women, children and paupers from post-medieval London. Transport for London partially excavated the site during an expansion project in the 1990's, and knowingly unearthed the densely packed remains buried in the unconsecrated graveyard. The neighborhood, protective of the memories and history of the lost souls buried there, protested and established an informal shrine in their memory. Ribbons, handwritten messages and tokens are woven through the rusty gates at Cross Bones Graveyard...all tributes to the 15,000 Outcast Dead of London. Visitors can leave their own tributes at the gates or join the monthly memorial service held at the gates.
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