Southwark Cathedral Churchyard and Herb Garden

Southwark Cathedral Churchyard and Herb Garden
(Photo: Celia Lowe)
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Southwark Cathedral is London's oldest gothic church, dating from 1106, when it was the Priory of St Mary Overie. The present garden is designed using plants with Shakespearean and biblical connections. Shakespeare worshipped here when the Cathedral was known as the Parish Church of St Saviour's from 1540 and his brother Edmund is buried within the grounds.

The South Churchyard was restored in 2001 and opened by Nelson Mandela, with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who was a curate in the Southwark diocese. The churchyard was further restored in 2015.

The East Churchyard herb garden, which was replanted in 2016, was constructed around the ruins of the medieval Lady Chapel, using herbs which were grown in the Apothecaries' Garden of St Thomas' Hospital, originally near the site.

Visitors can also see a memorial to Mahomet Weyonomon, the 18th-century leader of the American Mohegan tribe, who is buried here.

Gardener: Mark Gibbons

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