TQ3379 : The Bermondsey Watch House

taken 7 years ago, near to Bermondsey, Southwark, Great Britain

The Bermondsey Watch House
The Bermondsey Watch House
This unusual octagonal building is on the corner of Bermondsey Street and Long Lane. It is within the old churchyard of St Mary Magdalene, now in the ownership of Southwark Council, and on the site of the old Bermondsey Abbey. It has an interesting history: such buildings were erected in the 19th century for what we would now call security guards to watch out for "body snatchers" who would exhume recently buried corpses to sell for medical or other purposes.

The watch house is listed grade 2 (list entry number 1376581). At the time of the photo it was not in use, but a planning application had been made to lease it as a cafe. For a post-conversion photo, see TQ3379 : The Bermondsey Watch House, refurbished.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 10 January, 2013   (more nearby)
Thursday, 10 January, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre  Burial ground, Crematorium 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3329 7942 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:29.8808N 0:4.8719W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3327 7943
View Direction
Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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Grade II Listed  Watch House 

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