Sunday 24 August 2014 11.58am
We have received many inquiries regarding the recent moving of the Cross Bones gates a little further south down Redcross Way
The decision to move the gates was entirely TfL's. Its contractors went a long way towards meeting our concerns. The gates were moved respectfully, without damaging them, and we can now look through them directly into our 'Goose Garden'.
On the other hand, TfL have taken every available inch of land north of the site, insisting on the boundary determined by MoLAS archaeologists. This has meant the loss of the access door on Redcross Way
which was used to maintain the garden and the area behind the shrine and which was a designated public access point shown on BOST's plan for a 'Meanwhile Garden'.
Bankside Open Spaces Trust
(BOST) and Transport for London (TfL) are close to signing a lease for a 'Meanwhile Garden'. This should eventually enable public access for community gardening, and is a small step towards a permanent Garden of Remembrance.
So it's a mixed bag. It does now seem that TfL have finally accepted that the Crossbones site will be protected in the future. Provided they honour their commitments to protect the gates and enable the establishment of the Meanwhile Garden and eventual public access, we will continue to seek to work constructively with them.
To find out more about the history of Cross Bones cemetery, the campaign for a shrine and garden over the past 18 years and the background to these recent developments, please visit our website: http://crossbones.org.uk
The secret history of Crossbones 'as revealed by The Goose to John Crow' is explored in my book The Southwark Mysteries
- along with the poems and Mystery Plays inspired by it. The plays have been performed in Shakespeare's Globe
and Southwark Cathedral
The link below is to photos by Katy Nicholls recording the moving of the gates: