In 2016, the historical remains of up to 2000 people were discovered in King Square, Finsbury, during construction work to build new homes and a new school in 2016.
On 11th January, local councillors came together with the community, the King Square Tenants and Residents Association and the local vicar, Father David Allen, to lay these historical bones to rest with a dignified reburial ceremony. 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.
After intervention from local Bunhill councillors, it has been confirmed that Islington Cemetery will be 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 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. Your local councillors in Bunhill, Claudia Webbe, Phil Graham and Troy Gallagher, were proud to work with the local community to ensure that these historic Islington residents were laid to rest in the borough they called home.