It’s too nice to sit at home right now, so I took a little stroll through East London from London Bridge to Waterloo. Check out the sights for:
- St Dunstant in the East Church Garden
- Borough Market
- The Crossbones Graveyard
- The closed Southward Library
- The graffiti tunnel in Waterloo
St Dunstant in the East Church Garden.
It’s supposed to be a little oasis of tranquillity near Monument. Sadly I miss-timed my visits as it was lunch hour, which meant office workers and tourist groups all had the same idea. But I definitely will go back on a quieter day.
Well it was lunch time after all
The Cross bones graveyard
I used to work in the area and we always called it the prostitutes graveyard but it is so much more. It’s a place where London’s undesirables were buried – single women, paupers and a lot of children. It’s a mass grave that now lies beneath land owned by Transport for London. London is build upon the bones of the dead and there is hardly a place where not a plague grave could be found or some other history trinket. It’s always been like that. But I think it’s also the responsibility of us now to ensure we make space for the past and honour it. There is only so much certification a city can cope with before it becomes soulless. The local community in Southwark has been campaigning for years to give the dead some dignity and recognition. You can find more details on the Crossbones website.
The old Southwark library
Sadly like so many libraries in London this is now closed. I have no idea what they may turn it into (probably a pret) But it’s a nice old building.
The graffiti tunnel near Waterloo station
It may not be everyones cup of tea but I like it.