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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
19th August 1980 Willy Russell's Educating Rita, premieres in London
19th August 1897 1st electric taxi's drive in London
19th August 1842 The last day before railings were put up on The Monument, also the last (of 6) suicides from the top.
19th August 1274 The Coronation of Edward I in Westminster Abbey.
The Winchester Geese
A graveyard for 'single women' from the 16th Century
Location: Redcross Way, SE1
Description: 'Cross Bones' is a post-medieval disused burial ground in The Borough, Southwark, south London, in what is now known as Redcross Way.
It is believed to have been established originally as an unconsecrated graveyard for 'single women', a euphemism for prostitutes, known locally as 'Winchester Geese', because they were licensed by the Bishop of Winchester to work within the Liberty of the Clink.
The liberty lay outside the jurisdiction of the City of London, and as a consequence it became known for its brothels and theatres, as well as bull and bear baiting, activities not permitted within the City itself.
The age of the graveyard is unknown. John Stow (1525-1605) wrote of it in A Survey of London in 1598 calling it the 'Single Woman's churchyard'. By 1769, it had become a pauper's cemetery servicing the poor of St. Saviour's parish. Up to 15,000 people are believed to have been buried there.
Tagged in this Tour: Curios
Tagged in this Tour: The Weird and Wonderful