Grave Concerns

by David Swatton March. 11, 2008 3716 views

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.

Bunhill Fields, London

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David Cardona 9 years, 2 months ago

Great take!

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Lucy 9 years, 2 months ago

Great shots. I like all the moss growing on it.

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Jacek Wiecek 9 years, 2 months ago

Yeah, I like it very much.

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Luucha 9 years, 2 months ago

beautiful shot!!!

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Pete 9 years, 2 months ago

interesting post
nice photo

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Yanko V Fabila 9 years, 2 months ago

Great shot and very interesting story!

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Monika 9 years, 2 months ago

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!

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