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To: Greater London Authority

Secure the long-term protection of Crossbones Graveyard

Secure the long-term protection of Crossbones Graveyard

“We, the undersigned, call on the Greater London Authority in considering granting planning permission for the Landmark Court development to ensure that Crossbones Graveyard remains a protected memorial garden in perpetuity and that the GLA acknowledges its own role as the landowner (through TfL) as the custodian of the Graveyard, promoting it as a key heritage, cultural, community and spiritual asset in a Tier 1 Archaeological Priority Area. We call on the GLA to acknowledge and ensure that:
1. Crossbones Graveyard is a destination and a sanctuary not a thoroughfare;
2. In the GLA’s role as custodian of the site, that it ensure an appropriate management body (open spaces charity/community group e.g. Bankside Open Spaces Trust) is appointed as the steward of the site throughout the lease term. The lease itself to be transferable to another similar management body.
3. Crossbones Graveyard is protected through a long term lease and associated management agreement which reflects Crossbones position as a heritage site – 299 years / in perpetuity;
4. Funding is assured throughout the life of the lease for site supervision (wardens) and maintenance to protect the historic material culture on site.”

Why is this important?

To protect Crossbones Graveyard and Memorial Garden as a key heritage, cultural, community and spiritual asset.


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Reasons for signing

  • because this place is unique and the people buried here deserve to be remembered not just disposed of as if they never mattered. its also lovely and the care and attention given to its upkeep should be rewarded by lots of visitors coming to see it.
  • To protect this wild sanctuary in the heart of London, a graveyard which many of us regard as a sacred place. Some of us have been working for 23 years to transform what, in the 1990s, was a desolate post-industrial wasteland into a world-famous garden of remembrance, a place of pilgrimage. We call on GLA/TfL to unequivocally accept its responsibility for the proper stewardship of Crossbones Graveyard.
  • it speaks to the heart, answers a need connecting us through Time with all outcasts. Its grown through love of and by the community and links us all through the portal Non organised spirituality


2019-07-21 09:20:50 +0100

500 signatures reached

2019-07-18 22:20:17 +0100

100 signatures reached

2019-07-18 21:45:54 +0100

50 signatures reached

2019-07-18 20:11:10 +0100

25 signatures reached

2019-07-18 18:11:09 +0100

10 signatures reached