18-22 Redcross Way, SE1 1TA
On Redcross Way, a tranquil back-street running parallel to Borough High Street, there’s a plot of land surrounded by an iron gate adorned with ivy, ribbons, flowers, feathers, jewellery and other curious totems – and with a bronze plaque bearing the epitaph: ‘R.I.P. The Outcast Dead’. This is Crossbones, a pauper’s burial ground with a legend going back to medieval times.
Over the past decade, Crossbones has become a garden of remembrance managed in partnership with Friends of Crossbones. The garden’s iron gates have since been transformed into a people’s shrine, a living communal art-work.