St John’s Churchyard Park

by Southwark Council

Towering plane and horse-chestnut trees hint at the great age of this park, which surrounds the plinth of the lost church of St John Horsleydown. Designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor in the early 18th century, its eccentric spire in the form of a tapering column was a local landmark before WWII, and its base is still listed. Work by Churchman Landscape Architects has placed sculptural benches around the park, and created a gravel seating area under a parade of cherry trees.

In 2019, restoration of the Grade II-listed railings along Fair Street was completed.  In June 2020,  the remaining works were finished,  including an upgraded children’s play area, outdoor table tennis and boules facilities and new wildlife and wetlands beds.

Can you find… the round basement windows of the lost church?