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St Mary's Churchyard, Stoke Newington (also known as Ancient Mother Church of Stoke Newington, St Mary's Old Church)7488

Brief Description

St Mary's Churchyard has many distinguished late-18th century tombs, and some fine trees. It was closed to burials following the Burial Grounds Act of 1854. Initially maintained by the Burial Board, the borough council took over responsibility in 1896. Across Church Street St Mary New Church is surrounded by a grassed area, with a war memorial.


Recorded in the Domesday Book, Stoke Newington was an important village by the 16th century. The old medieval parish church of St Mary's, also called the Ancient Mother Church, survives today, the building dating from 1563 and sympathetically restored in 1826-29. In the mid-1850s the congregation had grown, and a new, larger parish church was built on the site of the rectory garden, but the old church was preserved.

Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

Opening is unrestricted.


Tube: Manor House (Piccadilly) then bus; Angel (Northern) then bus. Bus: 73, 141, 171A.


  • Tudor (1485-1603)