London Bridge special Crossbones tour

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  • 2 Hours
  • Groups allowed
  • Pets allowed
  • Tour Guide


London Bridge Special Crossbones Tours

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There is a little-know place in Southwark, just south of the Thames, with an extraordinary history. Crossbones graveyard hosts the remains of 15,000 impoverished inhabitants of the area who were denied burial in consecrated ground — many of whom were children or sex workers operating in the Bankside’s brothels. Discovered during works to extend the Jubilee line, the site is now preserved by volunteers, and constitutes a poignant testimony to the history of social exclusion in London’s not too distant past.

On November 23rd, our London Bridge guide David will be leading a special evening walk to coincide with the monthly Vigil for the Outcast, held at the graveyard. Starting at 5.30pm at Southwark Cathedral, the walk will take you through the Liberty of the Clink, an area which used to host activities that were banned north of the river: prostitution, bull and bear baiting, but also theatres and playhouses including the Globe and the Rose. The walk will end at Crossbones around 6.45, just in time for the monthly Crossbones Vigil. You can book this special tour using the button above, and selecting November 23rd from the calendar.

Meeting point: Entrance of Southwark Cathedral, SE1 9DA

Here is more information on the Crossbones Vigil:

Friday 23rd November- Crossbones Vigil for the Outcast / ‘Goose Night’
Gather 6.45 for 7pm Vigil at the Crossbones Graveyard gates in Redcross Way, London SE1
The 174th Vigil (held on the 23rd of every month since June 2004) to remember the outcast, dead and alive, to renew the shrine at the gates and to reclaim this magical place as sacred ground. This month’s Vigil marks the 22nd anniversary of ‘Goose Night’ (23rd November 1996) when The Goose spirit revealed the secret history of Crossbones to John Crow. Please bring your own mementos or ribbons with the names of your lost loved ones to tie to the gates, and perhaps a poem, song or short personal testimony to offer to the spirits of Crossbones Graveyard. FREE. Donations welcome

“We learnt a lot about the area, past and present, from our guide David on a very enjoyable tour. A huge amount of info packed into an hour and a half. Thanks very much!” TripAdvisor May 2018

Those wishing to delve deeper into the secret history of Crossbones and the magical works it has inspired may like to attend this talk and/or workshop:

Tuesday 20th November – Urban Magic at Crossbones Graveyard – a talk by John Constable aka John Crow 7pm to 8.30pm The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensbury Place, London SW7 2EB
An initiation into a contemporary magical works inspired by the spirit of The Goose and dedicated to the outcast dead of Crossbones Graveyard. The talk takes in mediumship, trance and incorporation, street magic, synchronicity, and how spiritual works can manifest in the physical world. £12 members; £14 non-members (click link, go to end of event page and click BOOK NOW)

Saturday 24th November – Urban Magic: Making Magic in an Urban Environment – a workshop conducted by John Constable aka John Crow
10pm to 5pm The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensbury Place, London SW7 2EB
This intensive, day-long workshop provides a working introduction to magic, mediumship and urban shamanism, and practical information for anyone interested in conducting a contemporary ritual. Includes: preparation; creating an altar; devising ceremonial forms; performance of rituals; connecting with the ‘spirit of place’ and holding the space. £75 members; £95 non-members (click link, go to end of event page and click BOOK NOW) John Constable’s 2017 Urban Magic workshop was fully booked well in