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St Mary the Virgin Churchyard, Little Ilford 7458

Brief Description

The small church of St Mary the Virgin was rebuilt in the early-18th century and stands on a corner site with a clinker and brick wall on Church Road and a low concrete post fence on Winifrede's Avenue, planted with a may hedge. The churchyard has a number of mature horse chestnuts and the gravestones in their original positions are set in grass, including a number of railed chest tombs such as that of Thomas Smith and family, and the 18th-century sarcophagus for the Hatch family of Claybury Hall, Woodford Bridge. An area of flower beds has been laid out as a small memorial garden.


Before the stone church was built here in the 12th century, it appears to have been the site of an earlier Saxon-Norman timber church. Originally called Ilford, the parish was later renamed Little Ilford to distinguish it from Great Ilford.

Visitor Facilities

Opening is unrestricted.
Access & Directions

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Opening is unrestricted.


London Overground: Woodgrange Park


  • Medieval (1066-1540)
  • 12th Century


  • London Parks and Gardens Trust