Why was there a graveyard inside the Bank of England?

As central banks are getting highly predictable and laughable, they are turning to other ways to keep people ( and bloggers like me) interested. One way is to keep bringing some interesting trivia to people’s attention.

An example is this bit from Bank of England. Bank of Engalnd established in 1694 soon outgrew its original location. It then took up a graveyard nearby:

The Bank of England moved to its current site on Threadneedle Street in 1734.  We quickly outgrew our first building so to expand further we bought a church that was situated next-door.

The church was deconsecrated and demolished, but its graveyard was left in place.  This later became the Bank’s Garden Court..

There is then a story of a really tall employee who wanted to be buried in the same graveyard. His coffin was found later as the building was redone:

The Bank was completely rebuilt in the 1920s and ‘30s, and Jenkins’s coffin was found when the Garden Court was dug up.  Along with the other coffins found, it was moved to Nunhead Cemetery near Peckham, South London.  However, Jenkins’ coffin proved to be too long to fit in the vaults there, so arrangements were made for it to be placed in the catacombs..

So there are no longer any graves in or under our Garden Court today.  At least, not to our knowledge…

Scary stuff…
One can decide what is scarier. The Bank’s ever adventurous monetary policy or working late night at the Bank with your office being closer to the Garden Court…

2 Responses to “Why was there a graveyard inside the Bank of England?”

  1. MS Says:

    :)) better for BoE to have graves in their courtyard than skeletons in their cupboard

  2. Amol Agrawal Says:

    Superb MS…Couldn’t think of a better summary than this…

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