Crossbones Memorial Garden
(Photo: Celia Lowe)
According to local lore, Crossbones was once the burial ground for the 'single women', also known as 'Winchester Geese' who worked in Bankside's stews (brothels) licensed by the Bishop of Winchester. More than 60% of the burials at the site were paupers' children.
Friends of Crossbones campaigned for many years to open the site as a garden of remembrance. BOST now has a short-term lease for this historic site from Transport for London and works in partnership with the Friends of Crossbones to enhance the garden, create educational activities and events and steer it towards being a permanent garden of remembrance.
Volunteer Garden Warden:
- Saturday 11:00–15:00
+ Sunday 12:00–17:00
- Inspiring tours of the garden led by John Constable (author of The Southwark Mysteries and long-standing campaigner for Crossbones) with Katy Nicholls.
Union Street, near junction with Red Cross Way.
Nearest postcode: SE1 1TA
- 21, 35, 40, 133, 343 + 344, 381, RV1
- Borough, London Bridge
- Cycle hire station:
- Hop Exchange (Map)
- Public toilets:
- John Harvard Local Studies Library:
Saturday 09:00-17:00 + Sunday 12:00-16:00 (Map)
- Wheelchair-accessible from Union Street. The nature of the garden means that there are some trip hazards, so visitors should be cautious.
- Working assistance dogs only