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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

18th December 1934 The mysterious Lord Lucan was born in London.go to related location

18th December 1909 Born today: Mona Barrie, [Smith], London England, actress (Dawn on Great Divide)

18th December 1778 The father of clowning Joseph Grimaldi was born in Clare Market, London.

The Winchester Geese



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.

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The Winchester Geese

A graveyard for 'single women' from the 16th Century


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