The Outcast Dead of Cross Bones Garden

The Cross Bones Garden in London is a memorial shrine on the site of an unconsecrated graveyard.

Cross Bones unconsecrated graveyard
Cross Bones unconsecrated graveyard
Cross Bones unconsecrated graveyard
Cross Bones unconsecrated graveyard

In medieval times it was a burial ground for prostitutes, known as ‘Winchester Geese’. In the 18th century it became a paupers’ graveyard.

Cross Bones pyramid
Cross Bones pyramid

Local people have turned the site into a memorial shrine and the garden is decorated with installations commemorating both the ‘outcast dead’ and the more recently passed away.

Outcast deas
Outcast dead
For All Suicides
For All Suicides

According to archaelogical excavations during the 1990s the Museum of London determined that over 15,000 people had been buried in what had been referred to as the graveyard for ‘single women’. They estimated that 60% of the bones were those of children.

Crossbones tokens and offerings
Cross Bones tokens and offerings
Art remembering the outcast dead
Art remembering the outcast dead

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