This is one of London’s former graveyards turned into public park, but with the rare advantage that the church it’s attached to still existing.

There’s been a church on the site since at least the 12th century, although the naming seems confusing, sometimes been known as St Anne-in-the-Willows, and sometimes to St Agnes.

The double-designation of churches after two saints came later in the 15th century. Burnt down in 1548, it was rebuilt and burnt down again in the Great Fire of London.

Rebuilt yet again, by Wren, of course, it managed to survive WW2 with serious, but reparable damage. It served as a Lutheran church for Latvian and Estonian communities in London, and is now home to the Gresham School, promoting singing among young people.

The Church is normally closed, but is open to the public on 1st Wednesday of every month from 11:45 until 14:45 when the Friends of City Churches opens it.

A small rather muddy grassed garden is in front of the church, which is surrounded by high bushes, and a rather quirky “gravestone” can be found under the bushes — a local utility box.

Around the corner, almost as if in a separate garden is an area with benches shaded under the canopy of London Plane trees.

The gardens were revamped slightly in 2000 when the nearby “castle” office block was rebuilt.


Be the first to know what's on in London, and the latest news published on ianVisits.

You can unsubscribe at any time from my weekly emails.

Tagged with: ,

This website has been running now for over a decade, and while advertising revenue contributes to funding the website, it doesn't cover the costs. That is why I have set up a facility with DonorBox where you can contribute to the costs of the website and time invested in writing and research for the news articles.

It's very similar to the way The Guardian and many smaller websites are now seeking to generate an income in the face of rising costs and declining advertising.

Whether it's a one-off donation or a regular giver, every additional support goes a long way to covering the running costs of this website, and keeping you regularly topped up doses of Londony news and facts.

If you like what you read on here, then please support the website here.

Thank you

One comment
  1. Ed says:

    The Church also doubles up as a rehearsal venue for many small and community choirs, orchestra groups. I’m there every Sunday evening!

Home >> News >> London's Pocket Parks