Crossbones Graveyard and The Forgotten Souls of London
Crossbones Cemetery and the Forgotten Souls of London
I’ve been gathering and reorganizing information on my site lately. Back in December, I did an article for one of my favorite websites, MessyNessy Chic. If you don’t know her, your life is incomplete.
My post highlighted a sad and somewhat hidden piece of London history, The Forgotten Souls of London. I walk by this place everyday and wanted to share it with you. Here is an excerpt from my article.
The Forgotten Souls of London’s Women of the Night
Down an unremarkable side street in Southwark, London, is a fenced lot filled with broken concrete slabs, patches of overgrown grass and the odd piece of abandoned construction equipment. Its dark history and iron gates separate this sad little patch from the outside world. Lengths of ribbon, handwritten messages and tokens weave a tight pattern through the bars of the rusty gates … all tributes to the 15,000 Outcast Dead of London.
In the early 1990s, Transportation for London sent heavy equipment to the area to excavate part of a subway line extension. Neighbors and historians warned that any digging would disturb human remains and local regulators insisted on an archeological survey before digging commenced. It didn’t take long for the Museum of London’s archeological team to uncover the first bodies buried a few inches below the surface.
You can read the rest of the article on Messy Nessy Chic.
If this story moved you as much as it did me, stop by the area yourself and leave a tribute or join the monthly remembrance service hosted nearby. Check information here before you go.
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