TQ3280 : Cross Bones graveyard gate, looking NE

taken 6 years ago, near to City of London, Great Britain

Cross Bones graveyard gate, looking NE
Cross Bones graveyard gate, looking NE
Cross Bones is a disused post-medieval paupers' burial ground closed in 1853 due to overcrowding. 20th excavation has revealed a mass of human remains piled on top of one another and with many showing signs of disease. There were a large number infant remains (both pre- and immediately post-, natal) while the adults were mostly women. It is believed that that many of the people buried here were impoverished local prostitutes (barred from consecrated ground) and in recent years the site has become a place of pilgrimage with messages and tokens left in memory of these unfortunate women and as tributes to sex workers in general. The (closed) gates are festooned with a variety of items, many extremely personal. Events and ceremonies regularly take place in connection with the site's historical and religious significance.
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Photographer
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Date Taken
Thursday, 25 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 19 December, 2015
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Derelict, Disused  Burial ground, Crematorium 
Primary Subject of Photo
Burial Ground 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3242 8005 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:30.2327N 0:5.6093W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3242 8005
View Direction
East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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