Dignified reburial for historical bones first laid to rest centuries ago
18 January, 2019
Councillors Claudia Webbe and Phil Graham laying a wreath at the cemetery
• REGULAR readers will likely remember the discovery of the remains of up to 2,000 people in King Square, Finsbury, during construction work to build homes and a school in 2016.
On January 11, councillors came together with the community, King Square Tenants’ and Residents’ Association and local vicar, Father David Allen, to lay these historical bones to rest with a dignified reburial.
Working with Islington and Camden Cemetery Services, run jointly by Islington and Camden councils, a dedicated place at Islington Cemetery was identified where they have been laid to rest with a memorial plaque.
We can also reconfirm that our Islington Cemetery will become the final resting place for other historical bones found in Islington, with future developers committing to work with Islington Cemetery Services to rebury in a dignified way any bones that are similarly discovered.
It was a moving remembrance service, and a time to reflect on how much London and our ward of Bunhill has changed over the years. It is likely that these remains were originally buried in small cemeteries between the 15th and 18th centuries, before those cemeteries fell into disrepair, and eventually were converted into other public spaces.
Without intervention from the council, it was likely that the remains would have been reburied outside of London. It was a privilege to work with the community to ensure that these historic residents were laid to rest in the place they called home.
Cllr CLAUDIA WEBBE, Cllr PHIL GRAHAM, Cllr TROY GALLAGHER
Labour, Bunhill ward