Unusual Cellotaph in Borough

Posted by on Feb 28, 2007 in Uncategorized | 4 Comments


…courtesy of Adam who found it on moblog.

Apparently, it marks Cross Bones Graveyard , a graveyard on unconsecrated ground which goes back hundreds of years.

Go read the local history up. Fascinating.

So there we are: two themes in one posting. Cellotaphs AND things we don’t notice because we’re too busy watching for other folk…


  1. Amelia
    March 1, 2007

    I have been told that pre-1997 and the death of Diana, you never saw cellotaphs like this.Any thoughts?

  2. Mark Earls
    March 1, 2007

    That’s more or less right. They were certainly very rare, although not unknown. For example, the shrine at the tree in Barnes which killed Marc Bolan (see archives on this blog) is still tended today and local historians all have interesting tales of popular responses to individual deaths…
    I think we’d be wrong to assume that Princess Diana’s death was the major cause for this phenomenon: the same mechanism brought that outpouring of floral grieving about as has built up the cellotaph phenomenon across the country: copying other people’s behaviour. The 2 tonnes of flowers that appeared in Kensington Gardens grew as a result of individuals observing other individuals, who had observed other individuals.
    This is the real learning point for us planners trying to change mass-behaviour for our clients: it’s not what we (brand) do to them that matters all that much. Individuals do it to each other; what we do merely shapes the environment within which these interactions come about.

  3. Arkangel
    March 2, 2007

    Minor correction, i didn’t find this photo on moblog, i took it and posted it in my moblog (Simple Pleasures part 2) – that’s my younger son in the shot – we were out mooching around the backstreets of Borough.
    I reckon Jim’s (Morrison) grave in Pere Lachaise is a candidate for grandaddy of the pilgrim-floral-death tribute. Sadly the French have seen fit to tidy up Jim’s grave which seems to have coincided with a distinct loss of creative energy and cultural confidence in not-so-gay Paree. Coincidence? Je pense pas.

  4. ArkAngel
    April 7, 2008

    Here’s a new cellotaph for your collection – this withered one had a particularly sad vibe about it, like the person was in danger of not really being remembered. Maybe the shadow of Suicide Bridge up the hill was darkening my outlook…