Discover Southwark’s Lost Burial Grounds on a guided walking tour

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There may not be many traces of them left today, but Southwark was once home to many burial grounds, from plague pits and poor grounds to rural churchyards and graveyards hemmed in by houses and industrial buildings.

To tell the story of these burial grounds is to tell the story of Southwark, its churches and hospitals, and the people who lived and died there – rich, poor, and everyone in between. This guided walk will tell the story of these lost and often long-forgotten graveyards, taking in a circular route around Southwark and finishing up back at Southwark Cathedral.


  • the history behind Cross Bones and Dead Man’s Place
  • the people who had a graveyard in their front garden
  • the story behind Southwark’s Flemish community and their burial ground
  • why many of Southwark’s dead are now buried in Surrey
  • visit the tomb of Thomas Guy who is laid to rest in the crypt of Guy’s Hospital Chapel (not normally open to the public)


Your tour guide will be Caroline Swan: historian, graveyard enthusiast and author of the popular Flickering Lamps blog.


  • This walk will take 1.5 hours and starts from the Cathedral Welcome Desk at the West Entrance
  • Please bring your printed ticket to the event
  • Tickets are non-refundable unless this event is cancelled
  • Any questions please about this tour please email the Visitor & Tour Officer Ruth Miller at [email protected]

Event Detail

May 11, 2019 1:00 pm
May 11, 2019 2:30 pm


Southwark Cathedral