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Crossbones Graveyard

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Address: Redcross Way | Southwark, London, England

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A hidden piece of history amongst the modern jungle

Last minute find via Tripadvisor glad we made the effort. Staff very informative. Could easily be lost forever hope they win the fight.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Last minute find via Tripadvisor glad we made the effort. Staff very informative. Could easily be lost forever hope they win the fight.

1 Thank Debbihead
Whitchurch-Stouffville, Canada
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69 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017

Former graveyard for London prostitutes laid to rest in unconsecrated ground after being taxed by the church for their Labours Off the beaten track in Southwark but worth a visit to see how the locals are fighting to preserve this neglected area.

Thank Ian S
Fenton, null, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016

Wow!! My daughter and I took the opportunity to visit the Crossbones Graveyard, and I'm so glad we did. Luckily when we arrived, the gardens were open, so we could walk around and sit quietly, there were shrines and altars all around the gardens. The clooties tied to the gates were just so touching. Crossbones is one of those places... More 

1 Thank Crissy H
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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161 reviews
113 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016

I quite liked this place, although there isn't a whole lot to see. Check ahead for when it is open so that you can walk inside, as the hours are limited. They are currently doing some landscape work and trying to keep the developers away. There are some interesting signboards that talk about the history of the cemetery. It is... More 

1 Thank JeffroNZ
St Helens, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2016

Just to say a big thank you to the two ladies, who we spoke too. These ladies give up their free time, along with other members to keep this memorial garden open to the public. The memorial garden is in remembrance of the sick, disabled, helpless children, ladies of the night, disadvantaged poor, whose bodies estimated to be around 15.000... More 

1 Thank Dave C
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Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

An oasis of calm in a busy city. The perfect place to get to grips with the grim and dirty past of London and understand who are the real villains in the plot. I was honoured to be part of a private ceremony. It will live on within me.

3 Thank SJBaked
Alton, United Kingdom
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218 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016

I found this by accident and I was really quite moved that in a busy part of London some kind thoughtful people had taken the time to remember some poor souls from the past. Very thought provoking and it is places like this that make London an amazing city with something of interest around each corner.

2 Thank Kris B
Worcester, United Kingdom
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1,112 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 314 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2016

Crossbones was a medieval unconsecrated pauper Graveyard with about 15,000 bodies buried there lots of them prostitutes. Now a memorial garden is being very sensitively created it is very moving to walk around and there is a fence covered in votive ribbons messages and poems many people have left tokens, crosses, icons, ornaments even a Buddha. Well worth visiting and... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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100 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2016

What was once a graveyard for prostitutes and the diseased is now a beautiful garden. I'm thankful volunteers have put their love into this place.

Thank Rio725
Windsor, United Kingdom
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221 reviews
146 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016

This is a really pretty with little memorial garden with a really interesting but somewhat sad story behind it, definately worth a visit if you are in the area.

Thank tp19862011

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