St Olave Hart Street Churchyard

St Olave Hart Street Churchyard
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St Olave, Hart Street, is a medieval church in the City of London dedicated to the patron saint of Norway, St Olaf.  It is best known as the resting place of 17th-century diarist Samuel Pepys, who was buried in the church nave in 1703 next to his wife Elizabeth.

The church was one of several in the east spared by the Great Fire of London, but was heavily damaged during the Blitz in 1941 and restored in the mid-1950s.

The churchyard is the final resting place of 16th-century botanist, William Turner known as ‘the father of English botany’ with the garden including plants associated with him.

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