Monthly vigil at Crossbones Graveyard (Jan 2016)

Crossbones Graveyard, Redcross Way, Southwark, London 51.504141 -0.093046
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Held on the 23rd of every month
Usually starts at 7 PM
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Free to watch, but donations are welcome
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On the 23rd of each month people gather at the gates to Crossbones Graveyard for a simple vigil.

Crossbones was an old burial ground that dates all the way back to medieval times. 15,000 paupers are believed to have been buried there. The site was rediscovered in the 1990s and soon attracted a gathering of people who would come to honour the outcasts of society.

All you can see these days is a big rusty gate tied with hundreds of ribbons, flowers, feathers and bits of jewellery. There is also a bronze plaque dedicated to "The Outcast Dead".

The event is secular and open to all faiths, and performers might recite some stories, poems or songs. If you would like to take part in the vigil then remember to bring a flower, a ribbon, or some other kind of memento to tie to the shrine.


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