Medieval London

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The charnal house, built in 1320, is the remaining portion of the cemetery of St Mary Spital Hospital and Priory. This charnal house is where bones that were disturbed during the digging of graves in the cemetery were stored. After the closing of the…

St Mary Spital and the surrounding area of Sptialfields as per the Civitas Londinium. (Extract from Agas's map showing site of St. Mary Spital and the Old Artillery Ground, c. 1560–70)

An archaeologist and bodies uncovered at the dig site of St Mary Spital cemetery, which was conducted by The Museum of London from 1998 to 2001.

This is a section of the 1520 map of London. The red box indicates where the cemetery is located. To the east of The Tower, above East Smithfield street, and next to St. Mary Graces, is where the cemetery was built. However, in 1520 it was no…

These are skeletons excavated from the East Smithfield site by archaeologists from the Museum of London. Many of the remains were found in mass graves, illustrating how desperate and dire the Black Death was for medieval Londoners.

The medieval cemetery of East Smithfield is below the ground, underneath this placard. Over half of the excavated site is situated under the Royal Mint Courts, which is located behind this wall.
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