Cross Bones Graveyard near Borough High Street in London is a pauper’s burial ground with a legend going back to medieval times. Prostitutes were buried here in the 16th Century as they were forbidden to be buried with the usual rites. They were often stacked on top of each other, and beggars and thieves used to pick through the graves, gathering what little they could of any value from the deceased.
It was also called a ‘Single Women’s Churchyard’ and between the 12th and 17th Century, the whole surrounding area was controlled by the Bishop Of Winchester, and as it was beyond the reach of normal governance all kinds of things were allowed that were forbidden in other parts of the city.
Being buried alive is extremely upsetting and can seriously ruin your day.
Just ask Michalina Lewandowska. She was tasered, bound and gagged, shoved in a box and buried in a shallow grave. She used her diamond ring to escape. And this happened just a few weeks ago.
Michalina was preparing to go shopping with her boyfriend Marcin Kasprzak when the bodybuilder suddenly zapped her with a 300,000-volt Taser gun. He then taped her hands and feet and shoved her in a cardboard box.
50,000 burials have taken place at the Necropolis and most of 3,500 tombs have been constructed up to 14 feet deep, with stone walls and brick partitions.
On the top of the Necropolis tombs were blasted out of the rockface. In 1877 the Molendinar Burn, running under the Bridge of Sighs, was culverted. This burn in which St Mungo was said to have fished for salmon is now underground on its way to the Clyde.
The Glasgow Necropolis still has a wonderful atmosphere and still attracts many visitors both locally and from all over the world.
Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. Take bones for instance. The Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech Republic, like other overpopulated graveyards in the past, decided to put the bones to good use and make displays out of their bones and skulls.
The Paris Catacombs are somewhat similar, although not quite as artistic as the Czech effort.
Would probably be quite a good place for a seance. I think you’d get a few crossed lines however – I’m not sure if the otherworldly switchboard would be able to cope.