Monthly vigil at Crossbones Graveyard

Address:
Crossbones Graveyard, Redcross Way, Southwark, London 51.504141 -0.093046
Dates & Time:
Held on the 23rd of every month
Usually starts at 7 PM
Tickets & Cost:
Free to watch, but donations are welcome
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Buses:
Bus routes that go near Crossbones Graveyard are: 17, 21, 35, 40, 43, 47, 48, 133, 141, 149, 343, 344, 381, 521, C10, RV1
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The best London underground train stations to visit Crossbones Graveyard are Borough London Bridge
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Here's something a bit different, the next time you find yourself with a spare ten minutes on the 23rd of the month -- because it always happens on the 23rd.

Crossbones was an old burial ground that dates all the way back to medieval times. It was situated near the old Clink Prison, in the lawless part of London outside the city limits. This was where they had all the brothels and theatres (like Shakespeare's Globe). These days you'll find places like Southwark Cathedral, The Shard and Borough Market.

15,000 paupers are believed to have been buried here until its final closure in 1853. When the site was rediscovered in the 1990s it began to attract a monthly gathering of people who would come to honour these outcasts of society.

On any normal day all you'll see is a big rusty gate tied with hundreds of ribbons, flowers, feathers and bits of jewellery. But if you pop by at 7 PM on the 23rd of the month then you'll see a big gathering of people swapping stories, singing songs and reciting poems.

The vigil is secular and open to all faiths, but if you'd like to take part then it will be appreciated if you bring a flower, a ribbon, or some other kind of memento to tie to the shrine.

 

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If you like religious events at Crossbones Graveyard, then you might also like these other London events…

Evensong Mass at St. Paul’s Cathedral – Every dayIf you attend a choral Evensong service at St Paul's Cathedral, you can wander around and see part of the Cathedral for free.

Evensong Mass at Westminster Abbey – Every day (except Wednesday)You can enjoy a choral Evensong service at Westminster Abbey for free, which combines a traditional mass with a choir.

Sunday service at the Tower of London – Every Sunday (except during August)You can attend a Sunday service at the Chapel Royal in the Tower of London -- one of the most historic churches in the City.

Choral Mass at Hampton Court Palace – Every Sunday (except during the summer)Attend a Sunday service in one of the country's most beautiful chapels -- Henry VIII's Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace.

Guided tour of Highgate Cemetery – Every dayHave a guided tour around Highgate Cemetery, and enjoy one of the most atmospheric and historic cemeteries in London.

Whispering Gallery at St. Paul’s Cathedral – Monday to SaturdaySt Paul's Cathedal has got three domes that you can climb up -- the Whispering Gallery, Stone Gallery and Golden Gallery.

Westminster Cathedral’s bell tower – Every dayWestminster Cathedral's campanile is one of the city's best viewing platforms, rising 210 feet over the streets of Victoria.

 

If you like Crossbones Graveyard, then you might also like…

> Highgate Cemetery events If you like the Crossbones Graveyard then you might like these events at London’s Highgate Cemetery as well
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