Visit a shrine to society's outcasts

Pay your respects

Where: Cross Bones Graveyard

Before the exorbitantly expensive warehouse conversions and the Shard, Borough was a seedy playground. A patch of land on Redcross Way was known as a 'single woman's burial ground', a graveyard for prostitutes who weren't allowed Christian burials. Later, anyone whose family couldn't afford a proper funeral was buried here. Body snatchers would frequent the site to steal corpses for experiments at the nearby Guy's Hospital - the area was so terrifying policemen stayed well away. When London Underground began extending London Bridge station they exhumed bodies ravaged by syphilis, many belonging to children who had been prostitutes. Today the graveyard is a shrine with around 50,000 people visiting each year to leave flowers and notes, paying their respects to the poor and the outcast.




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