St John's Church Memorial Garden (also known as St John the Baptist Churchyard, Croydon Parish Church)9037

Greater London, England, Greater London

Brief Description

The gravestones have been removed, some headstones used to form paths, and more elaborate memorials erected as a screen wall round the church. Special tombs and sarcophagi were relocated in the garden, as was the War Memorial. Adjacent is the former Archbishops Palace, now Old Palace of John Whitgift School.


St John's Church Memorial Garden was formed from the churchyard of Croydon parish church. Destroyed by fire in 1867, St John's Church was rebuilt in 1870 and until 1957 had a traditional graveyard but by then no longer used for burials. When Church Street was widened, a new home was needed for the War Memorial and plans were developed to create a memorial garden on the site of the well-treed churchyard.

Visitor Facilities

The site is open from 8am Mon-Fri/9am weekends - dusk.
Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

The site is open from 8am Mon-Fri/9am weekends - dusk.


Rail/London Overground: West Croydon. Tramlink: 1, 2 & 3. Bus: 264


  • London Parks and Gardens Trust