‘I was born a Goose of Southwark
by the Grace of Mary Overie
whose Bishop gives me licence
To sin within The Liberty.’
From The Book of The Goose: The Southwark Mysteries, John Constable
A originally a graveyard for prostitutes, this was also a graveyard for any unfortunates in the area. During excavations between 1991 and 1998, bodies found there showed residents had suffered from smallpox, TB, Paget’s disease, osteoathritis, and vitamin D deficiency (rather dull those last two). More than 33% were between 22 weeks gestation and seven days after birth, and 11% were less than a year old.
London’s Crossbones Graveyard is the setting for a very eerie Halloween celebration, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/this-britain/londons-crossbones-graveyard-is-the-setting-for-a-very-eerie-halloween-celebration-1810973.html