St Peter Cheap, (also known as St Peter West Cheap), Greater London, England
Record Id: 9092
Site is open to the public. Opening may be limited, please check Visitor Information for any restrictions.
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.
Address: junction of Wood Street/Cheapside, EC2V 6BT
Locality: Greater London
Greater London; City of London
Historical County: Middlesex
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Tube: Mansion House (District, Circle), St Paul's (Central)
Opening contact details:
Opening is unrestricted.
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
Site Size (Hectares): 0.01