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St Olave, Hart Street

Garden at St Olave Hart Street

​Visitor information

St Olave Church, 8 Hart Street, London EC3R 7NB.

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Entrance to churchyard garden via Seething Lane.

Opening hours

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

Travel information

By tube

Circle
Tower Hill
District
Tower Hill
DLR
Tower Hill
Tower Gateway
Northern
London Bridge
Jubilee
London Bridge

By train

National Rail
Fenchurch Street
London Bridge

By bus

15, 25, 40, 42, 67, 78, 100, 115, 135, 205, 254

History

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:
29 September 2017

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