City of Westminster
Greater London England
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Christchurch Gardens is a public park near the Westminster end of the busy Victoria Street, used mainly as a pedestrian thoroughfare to link through from Victoria street to St James Park and underground station. The gardens are a popular place for office workers to enjoy their lunches as there are few other public parks within walking distance in this otherwise densely developed area.Christchurch Gardens is the site of the former burial ground for St Margaret Westminster, the land given for this purpose in 1625. In 1638-42 a chapel of ease, Broadway Chapel, was built here, replaced in the C19th by Christ Church Westminster, from which the garden derives its name. Among those buried in the churchyard were several notorious people. Christ Church was destroyed in the Blitz in 1941 and the site was left as open space until it was converted into a public garden in 1950. The garden was laid out as a simple grassed plot bounded by a low brick wall with a stone coping, which was formerly surmounted by the iron railings of the church There are no monuments remaining but the garden has lawn, a number of mature London Plane trees, and some formal landscaping. The fibreglass Suffragette Monument by Edwin Russell, set in a paved area, was erected in 1970 and adjacent to the garden is a 1995 bronze statue by Glynn Williams commemorating Henry Purcell.
Christchurch Gardens was designated a conservation area in 1985.
[text by Geoffrey Gillon]
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