Friday 22 August 2014 5.03pm
I'm glad to report the Cross Bones gate are up and fully visible again. They're now about 40 yards further down Redcross Way
towards the Union Street
end than they used to be.
The gates' plaque and all the offerings are still safely in place, and Cross Bones Mary's statue has been repositioned just behind the gates where they now stand. She's got a few extra decorative items round her to extend her own personal shrine too.
The new placing for the gates allows a view through their bars into the actual burial area of the Cross Bones site - which was completely invisible from the gates' old spot - and that's a big improvement.
The only downside I can see is that the gates are no longer set back from the road, which used to create a handy little space for people to gather at the monthly vigils. Still, I'm sure everyone will find a way to work round that.
The old fence boards, which carried a lot of graffiti, have now been removed, but they'd been pretty well documented in a thousand visitors' photographs over the years anyway. No doubt some Turner Prize hopeful will use these sources to reconstruct them for a gallery show one day!