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St John the Evangelist Churchyard Havering
Summary: Havering-Atte-Bower, once the location of the Palace of Havering used by royalty from pre-Norman Conquest until 1638, was one of three parishes within the Royal Manor and Liberty of Havering. Its parish church of St John the Evangelist faces Havering Village Green, and is built on the site of a C12th church of St Mary's, formerly one of the Palace chapels. The churchyard has a number of mature trees and is enclosed by a low wall. The oldest among the graves is that of Thomas Cheek (d.1688), Lieutenant of the Tower of London and owner of nearby Pyrgo Park.
Previous / Other name: The Church on the Green; Havering Atte Bower Parish Church
Site location: The Green, Havering-Atte-Bower
Postcode: RM4 1PL > Google Map
Type of site: Churchyard
Date(s): C12th onwards
Listed structures: LBII: St John the Evangelist Church
Borough: Havering
Site ownership: Church of England, Diocese of Chelmsford
Site management: Church
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: unrestricted
Special conditions:
Public transport: Rail: Romford then bus. Bus: 375, 575
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/09/2009
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Fuller information:

Havering-Atte-Bower retains its village atmosphere and was once the location of the royal Palace of Havering used by the monarchy from before the Norman Conquest until c.1638, when Charles I allegedly stayed here on his way to meet his mother-in-law arriving from abroad at Harwich. The palace was a ruin by 1650, and had collapsed by c.1700, but it appears to have been located behind the parish church of St John the Evangelist. Havering-atte-Bower was one of the three parishes within the Royal Manor and Liberty of Havering, along with Romford and Hornchurch. The church on Havering Village Green (q.v.) is on the site of an earlier, C12th church that originated as the larger of two royal chapels of the Palace, and may have been the King's Chapel. After the Palace ceased to be used, the parishioners claimed this chapel as the parish church, dedicated to St Mary. The older church was originally restored in 1836 but the current brick and flint-faced church was then built when a larger church was needed. It was designed by Basil Champneys and consecrated in 1878. While the church was being rebuilt church services were held in a barn nearby.

The churchyard has a number of mature trees and is enclosed by a low wall. The oldest grave in the churchyard is that of Thomas Cheek, Lieutenant of the Tower of London (d.1688), who acquired the nearby manor of Pyrgo (q.v.) in 1621. In 1724 his daughter Dame Anne Tipping had a school for poor children erected on the Green, later demolished in 1808. Adjoining the churchyard is the Arts and Crafts church hall. The parish is now combined with that of St James Collier Row.

Sources consulted:

Ben Weinreb & Christopher Hibbert, 'The London Encyclopaedia' (Macmillan, revised ed. 1993); Arthur Mee 'The King's England: London North of the Thames except the City and Westminster' (Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, 1972); Countryside Footpaths in Havering, Northern Area, leaflet (LB Havering, 1985); John Drury, 'Treasures of Havering', (Ian Henry Publications, 1998); Paul Drury Partnership for LB Havering, 'Havering Atte Bower Conservation Area Character Appraisal and Management Proposals', c.2006.
Grid ref: TQ511930
Size in hectares:
On EH National Register : No
EH grade:
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
Protected under London Squares
Preservation Act 1931:
The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.
On Local List: Yes
In Conservation Area: Yes
Conservation Area name: Havering Atte Bower
Tree Preservation Order: Not known
Nature Conservation Area: No
Green Belt: Yes
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: Yes - Havering Ridge Area of Special Character
Other LA designation:

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