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Brief description of site

Three gravestones survive set into remnants of the wall, including a stone tablet of 1687, and the railings on the boundary with Wood Street date from 1712, with an inset plaque of St Peter. The churchyard was laid out as a public garden in the C19th and has a large plane tree that William Wordsworth referred to in his poem, 'The Reverie of Poor Susan'. Overlooked on three sides, the sheltered garden is largely paved, and has seats and a number of low raised beds, each now planted with a tree fern in recent years.

Brief history of site

The garden is on the site of the medieval church of St Peter Cheap, also called West Cheap, which burnt down in the Great Fire in 1666 and was not rebuilt, the parish joining that of St Matthew Friday Street. There was a market in this area from early times, 'cheap' being the Anglo-Saxon word for market.

Location information:

Address: junction of Wood Street/Cheapside, EC2V 6BT

Locality: Greater London

Local Authorities:

Greater London; City of London

Historical County: Middlesex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 176/177 Grid Ref: TQ322812
Latitude: 51.5143 Longitude: -0.0962256

Directions:

Tube: Mansion House (District, Circle), St Paul's (Central)

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

Opening is unrestricted.

Key information:

Form of site: burial ground

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces

Main period of development: 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 0.01

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