The churchyard was officially closed for burials in 1974 and was a wilderness until its value as a wildlife reserve was realised in around 1977. In 1981 hedges were planted, a copse of Scots pines was planted and the Visitors Centre was built. It is now managed as East Ham Nature reserve, which is an important teaching resource for Newham schools.
St Mary Magdalene Church was built in around 1130 and is one of the oldest in the country, its churchyard one of the largest in London. The ancient parish church indicates where the medieval settlement o East Ham was centred; it is also near the site of a Roman cemetery discovered in 1864.
Visitor FacilitiesTues-Fri 10am-5pm (summer)/4pm (winter); Sat/Sun: 2pm-5pm (summer), 1pm-4pm (winter). Church open by appointment
- Access & Directions
Access Contact DetailsTues-Fri 10am-5pm (summer)/4pm (winter); Sat/Sun: 2pm-5pm (summer), 1pm-4pm (winter). Church open by appointment
DirectionsTube: East Ham (District, Hammersmith & City). Docklands Light Railway: Beckton. Bus: 101, 104, 173, 300.
- 12th Century
London Parks and Gardens Trust