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St Mary's Wanstead Churchyard

Introduction

The church is a classical building by Thomas Hardwick. It was built to form a dignified eyecatcher for one of the three great avenues radiating from Wanstead House. Of particular interest is the memorial to Joseph Wilton RA and his family of 1803 in the form of a Watcher's Box, from which watch was kept to forestall body snatchers, and which resembles the entrance to the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. The churchyard contains a collection of early-19th century and Victorian monuments, headstones and chest tombs; the railings and gates date from around 1790 and trees include notable yew, holly, cedar, oak and lime. Although no longer open for burials, St. Mary's has a memorial garden where ashes can be buried.

Visitor Access, Directions & Contacts

Access contact details

Opening is unrestricted.

Directions

Tube: Wanstead (Central). Bus: 66, 101, 145, 308, 551, W12, W13, W14 (then walk)

Owners

Church of England, Wanstead Parish

History

Period

  • 18th Century
  • Late 18th Century
Features & Designations

Designations

  • The National Heritage List for England: Listed Building

  • Reference: churchyard railings and gates, Joseph Wilton RA Memorial
  • Grade: II
  • The National Heritage List for England: Listed Building

  • Reference: St Mary's Church.
  • Grade: I
Key Information

Type

Funerary Site

Purpose

Sacred / Ritual / Funerary

Principal Building

Religious Ritual And Funerary

Period

18th Century

Survival

Extant

Hectares

1.21

Open to the public

Yes

References

Contributors

  • London Parks and Gardens Trust