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Grave Concerns

2008.03.11
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Bunhill Fields, London
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The name derives from "Bone Hill", which is possibly a reference to the district having been used for occasional burials from at least Saxon times, though more likely it derives from the unusual events of the mid sixteenth century. For, in about 1549, cart-loads of human bones were periodically brought here - some one thousand loads in total - to make space in St Paul's charnel-house for new interments. The dried bones were simply deposited on the moor and capped with a thin layer of soil.

The area was used as a formal cemetary from 1665 to accommodate the bodies of victims of the Great Plague. The final burial took place here in 1854.
9 Comments
longimanus Amazing story... I am happy we are living a few hundred years later! You have managed to find the perfect composition to support and express the story above. Great, really great!
longimanus · 2008-03-11: 13:42
????? Spooky.
????? · 2008-03-11: 14:16
????? wow ! check that skull out - really well caught !!!
????? · 2008-03-11: 20:00
Yanko Great shot and very interesting story!
Yanko · 2008-03-11: 20:29
slowpete interesting post
nice photo
slowpete · 2008-03-12: 02:25
luucha beautiful shot!!!
luucha · 2008-03-12: 03:56
vitzeq Yeah, I like it very much.
vitzeq · 2008-03-12: 23:02
moochy Great shots. I like all the moss growing on it.
moochy · 2008-03-13: 07:05
davidcardona Great take!
davidcardona · 2008-03-15: 12:52
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