Building    From 1821  To 1829

St Mary Rotherhithe watch-house

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The building, situated close to the church of St Mary the Virgin, was used by a watchman or constable whose job was to to look out for wrongdoers; particularly grave-robbers or 'Resurrection Men' as they were known. Body snatching was rife in this area, because of its proximity to Guys Hospital which required fresh corpses for medical research. The watch-house closed when the Metropolitan Police was formed.

Credit for this entry to: Alan Patient of www.plaquesoflondon.co.uk

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