Wednesday 25 January 2006 10.59pm
From London Footprints
"The building in the south west corner [of St Mary Magdalen
Graveyard] was a watch house built in 1810. From here graves could be protected against graverobbers attempting to supply corpses to Guy's and St Thomas's Hospitals. It was also where the Bermondsey watchmen reported for duty (10pm in summer, 9pm in winter) before setting off on their rounds. Any malefactors or disturbers of the peace could be detained in the watch house. The premises were later used by Ashsford's Laundry."
If you want to know more about grave-robbers then I highly recommend "The Italian Boy" by Sarah Wise: it's a fascinating account of an infamous trial, in the 1830s, of grave-robbers who turned to murder in order to supply corpses to the London teaching hospitals.
Edited 1 times. Last edit at 25 January 2006 11.00pm by The Lady Miss Jo Jo.