Church of England Diocese of Southwark St. Bartholomew, Sydenham

The Workmen's Grave

The Workmen's Grave:

Underneath the large yew tree at the entrance to the church lies the grave
of 10 men who lost their lives during the rebuilding of the Crystal Palace
in Sydenham in 1853. Scaffolding collapsed and the men fell from a great
height to their deaths. The tragedy touched many people's hearts and the
funeral in St Bartholomew's church was a huge affair. The grave was
restored in 2003, to mark the sesquicentenary, and re-dedicated by the
Bishop of Woolwich. Recently, an information board was provided adjacent to
the grave.