This sentry box stands in the church yard of the wonderful St Mary the Virgin Church in Overton Drive, Wanstead. It provided shelter for the guard whose job was to look out for body snatchers should they venture into the grounds. In the mid 1800s as I understand it there was a lucrative trade in digging up recently buried bodies and selling them on to hospitals for dissection.
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On a brighter note, if you have never visited this church you really should, it's a real gem. Take time to wander through the ground's its wonderful.
This is the view from inside the sentry box, can you image what it was like on a cold dark night? There is also modern graffiti on the inside, one piece intrigued me it looks much, much older. Could it be from a night watchman many years ago.
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