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 - his brother Edmund is buried within the grounds.

Restored in both 2001 and 2015 the South Churchyard was opened by Nelson Mandela, with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who was a curate in the Southwark diocese

 Constructed around the ruins of the medieval Lady Chapel, the East Churchyard herb garden echoes herbs originally grown in the Apothecaries' Garden of St Thomas' Hospital.

There is also a memorial to Mahomet Weyonomon, the 18th-century leader of the American Mohegan tribe.

Gardener: Mark Gibbons

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