HS2 digs its own grave by revealing plans to dig up ancient graves
It has been revealed that the plans to build the station for the HS2 (High Speed 2) ploughs through historic gardens that hold a 200 year old tomb in St James Gardens.
St James Gardens is a former church burial ground, located in Cardington Street, Euston and if the current plans for the HS2 get the go ahead, it could mean a potential 50,000 dead bodies being heartlessly dug up from their place of rest.
The gardens were opened in 1788 when they were purchased by an Act of Parliament as an additional burial ground for St James Piccadilly cemetery and contains a grade ll cast iron drinking fountain. There are only a couple of dozen headstones remaining on the surface but historians know that John Leverton who was responsible for the funeral of Diana, the Princess of Wales, is buried there.
It is reported that the new gateway to Euston will be the ‘largest development ever seen in London’ and a HS2 spokesman told the Telegraph that it was, ‘really too early’ to comment about how it will deal with the graves.
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What are your thoughts on the burial ground potentially being dug up? Surely a cemetery is designed to be a place for eternal rest? Or are you wondering what all the fuss is about? You can’t dwell on the past and the HS2 will be a great way to improve travel links for future generations.
Amanda McGovern, Pali Ltd
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