St John's Wood Church Grounds 9048

Greater London, England, Greater London

Brief Description

The former burial ground was converted into a public garden in 1886, opening as St John's Wood Church Grounds. There are thought to be 50,000 graves here. Among the many monuments is that of water colourist John Sell Cotman. The garden has fine trees, formal displays and now a wildlife area. In front of the church is a Neo-baroque war memorial with bronze sculpture of St George and the Dragon.

History

The burial ground was bought by St Marylebone Vestry in 1807 after Paddington Street burial grounds were closed. St John's Church was built in 1813, originally a chapel of ease for the developing Portman and Eyre Estates. Both church and burial ground were consecrated by the Bishop of London on 24 May 1814. The burial ground closed in 1855 when St Marylebone Cemetery in East Finchley opened.

Visitor Facilities

The garden is open from 8am - dusk.
Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

The garden is open from 8am - dusk.

Directions

Tube: St John's Wood (Jubilee). Bus: 13, 82, 113
References

Contributors

  • London Parks and Gardens Trust