St Helen Bishopsgate Churchyard 9029

Greater London, England, Greater London

Brief Description

The former churchyard of St Helen Bishopsgate is now a largely paved semi-circular area in front of the church with mature plane trees, a small amount of planting, seating and a number of tombs including an altar tomb to Joseph Lem (d.1686). The low stone wall shows that it was once railed.

History

It was being used as public open space by 1875, following closure for burials as result of the 1855 Burial Act. St Helen's Church dates from at least the C12th and is unusual in having twin naves as a result of a nuns' church, now the north aisle, which was built parallel to the parish church to serve a Benedictine nunnery established c.1200-1215.

Visitor Facilities

Access to the garden is unrestricted. Church: Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm.
Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

Access to the garden is unrestricted. Church: Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm.

Directions

Rail: Liverpool Street. Tube: Liverpool Street (Central, Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith & City)
History

Period

  • Victorian (1837-1901)
References

Contributors

  • London Parks and Gardens Trust