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Crossbones Graveyard

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Address: Redcross Way | Southwark, London, England
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Very moving garden

Crossbones was a medieval unconsecrated pauper Graveyard with about 15,000 bodies buried there lots of them prostitutes. Now a memorial garden is being very sensitively created it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
70ish
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Crossbones was a medieval unconsecrated pauper Graveyard with about 15,000 bodies buried there lots of them prostitutes. Now a memorial garden is being very sensitively created it is very moving to walk around and there is a fence covered in votive ribbons messages and poems many people have left tokens, crosses, icons, ornaments even a Buddha. Well worth visiting and... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

What was once a graveyard for prostitutes and the diseased is now a beautiful garden. I'm thankful volunteers have put their love into this place.

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Windsor, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

This is a really pretty with little memorial garden with a really interesting but somewhat sad story behind it, definately worth a visit if you are in the area.

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Camberley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

There is not much to see but I understand it is going to be developed and access allowed. The fence is covered in ribbons commemorating the people buried here from medieval times to victorian times. Research is still going on and as remains are identified then a new ribbon with the details is added to the fence. A moving tribute... More 

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

The Cross Bones graveyard is worth stopping by as you take a walk around Borough (the area immediately south of London Bridge.) I encountered it after walking through the courtyards of Guy's Hospital; the alleys off Borough High Street that contained for hundreds of years inns in which travelers stop if they reached the area after the south entrance to... More 

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Thank Abbotsbury92
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016 via mobile

Last resting place for thousands of lost women and children from medieval times. Volunteers have created a modest but lovely memorial garden, well worth a visit. A haunting reminder of a cruel past when abuse of women and children was commonplace in this part of our great city.

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Thank Rodney P
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

Came across this by chance and had no idea it existed. There's not a lot to see but the snippets of history you will learn makes up for that and it strangely transports you back in time, thinking of the poor women buried there and imaging what it must have been like whilst looking up at the moderness if the... More 

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Thank Noeggs
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016

I work around the corner and was very struck by this place when I first came across it. It is small but all the more impactful because of that. The sheer number of dispossessed people buried here is shocking but it is so important that this place is maintained as a memorial to them. Visit and you will understand why.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2016

Fascinating place to visit if you are nearby. You will probably spend only 20 mins or so here, but it is free. Please give a donation as they are clearly in need of money to complete the garden in the centre

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2016 via mobile

This graveyard was discovered when excavation was done to build a new office building. It is thought to be a pauper's graveyard that was mainly used to dispose of the bodies of prostitutes and their pauper children. A society is working to rebuild this area as a memorial garden. Worth a visit if you would like to learn more of... More 

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