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The Last Burials at Crossbones Graveyard

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Crossbones Graveyard

Redcross Way x Union Street

London

SE1 1SD

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Join us this Halloween, on the very day that the last two burials took place at Crossbones Graveyard 168 years ago...

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"On October 31,1853, the last two burials took place being those of Sarah Flemming, aged 36, St. Margaret’s-court, Borough, and that of a child named Sawday, of Thompson’s buildings, Red Cross-street, Borough, the service of the Church of England being performed by the Rev. Robert Bickerdyke, and the usual fees were paid as in the case of consecrated ground. If the ground had not been consecrated, this action would have been illegal; here is prima facie evidence in favour of its consecration..."

- Lord Brabazon writing to the Editor of The Times, 22nd December , 1883

"We Are Here"

From the 20th to the 31st of October, a range of coffins will be installed on Crossbones Graveyard, bearing the names of people known to be buried at the ground.

"We Are Here" is a physical manifestation of Lucy Coleman Talbot's PhD research efforts to locate documented information about those buried at Crossbones. At this event she will talk about the installation, and share some of the burial ground's history.

Autumnal refreshments (vegan and gluten free) will also be available.

Crossbones Graveyard

Crossbones Graveyard might be one of London’s many post-medieval burial grounds, but its mythic origins have woven through the ruins of time to create a multilayered site of ritual, remembrance, and pilgrimage. Thousands of human remains were exhumed for the construction of the Jubilee Line Extension Project in the early 1990s. But thanks to the hard work of local people the remaining bones lay protected below a beautifully wild garden.

What you need to know

Entrance to Crossbones Graveyard is possible via the main entrance on Union Street. The site will be accessible 15 minutes before the event begins, so please arrive promptly.

There are no toilet facilities on site, although there is an accessible toilet nearby we will have use of.

Crossbones will be closed to non-attendees for the duration of the event. The gates will be locked but we can let you out at any time at your request.

Unless in the event of extreme wet weather, the event will go ahead as planned.

Crossbones itself is wheelchair accessible but unfortunately there are certain areas of the site that are not. Please let us know if you have any accessibility requirements that we can help you with.

You will need to abide by the appropriate Covid-19 safety protocols on site, including social distancing and hygiene advice.

If you have any specific concerns regarding this information feel free to reach out.

What you need to bring

There is no storage for personal items on Crossbones Graveyard so please travel light and bring water with you.

The ground is uneven and patched so wear sensible footwear and watch your step.

Be mindful that shelter from the elements is extremely limited on site, so dress accordingly. Forecast dependant, come armed with coats, hats, umbrellas or sun cream.


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Crossbones Graveyard

Redcross Way x Union Street

London

SE1 1SD

United Kingdom

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