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St Olave, Hart Street Churchyard

St Olave Hart Street Churchyard

​St Olave Hart Street Churchyard, Seething Lane, London EC3R 7NB

Opening hours

Gates are opened and closed by the church - please call for 020 7488 4318 for further information.

Entrance to churchyard garden via Seething Lane.

Getting there

Nearest tube: Tower Hill or Aldgate

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About the garden

The Church is one of the smallest in the City and one of only a few to survive the Great Fire in 1666.

It is dedicated to the patron saint of Norway, King Olaf II, who fought alongside the Anglo-Saxon king Ethelred the Unready.

The church is documented from the late 12th century, and is dedicated to the patron saint of Norway and was rebuilt again in the 15th century. The church survived the Great Fire but was heavily damaged during the Blitz in 1941 and restored in the mid 1950s. The Church itself is Listed Grade I, with the mid 17th century entrance gate on Seething Lane and 18th century wall and railings Grade II*. Charles Dickens referred to the church as ‘St Ghastly Grim’ because of the macabre ornamentation above the church gateway. The most famous person buried at St Olave Church is the diarist Samuel Pepys (1633-1703).

It is also the last resting place of the 16th century botanist, William Turner, known as ‘the father of English botany’ and the recent garden re-planting includes plants associated with him including Artemisia arbrotanum, Vinca minor, Anemone nemorosa, Cornus sanguinea, Camellia sinensis, Polygonum bistorta and Lavandula spica.The re-furbished garden includes a pavement labyrinth which has a Jerusalem Cross as its centrepiece.

Published:
13 April 2015
Last Modified:
21 August 2018

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