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St John's Church, Upper Holloway Islington
Summary: St John's Church is a yellow-brick Commissioners Church built in 1826-28 as the parish church for Upper Holloway and designed by Charles Barry. Fine monuments in the church include that of Ann Sykes (d.1835) and her daughter Martha Venn (d.1840), which feature sculpted figures by Slevier of Faith and Charity. Closed for burial in 1855, the churchyard is now a garden surrounded by brick wall and has flowerbeds, lawn and trees.
Previous / Other name: Upper Holloway Parish Church; St John with St Peter's Church
Site location: Holloway Road/St John's Grove
Postcode: N19 > Google Map
Type of site: Churchyard
Date(s): 1828
Listed structures: LB: St John's Church
Borough: Islington
Site ownership: Diocese of London
Site management: Church
Open to public? No
Opening times: closed, partly visible
Special conditions:
Public transport: London Overground: Upper Holloway. Tube: Archway (Northern) then bus. Bus: 17, 43. 271,
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/04/2012
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Fuller information:

The building of the church here was at the instigation of the vicar of Islington parish church of St Mary's (q.v.). The acre of land was donated by the Corporation of the Sons of the Clergy and had been part of the Palmer Estate owned by the late Revd. James Palmer, vicar of St Bride's Church (q.v.). The first stone of the new church was laid on 24 May 1826 following a procession from St Mary's led by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Burials took place in churchyard and in the crypt, where lead coffins remain today, but burials ceased following the Public Order Act of 20 May 1855 on the grounds of public health.

Sources consulted:

Bridget Cherry & Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: London 4: North (Penguin, 1998), p656; Church history on St John's Church website
Grid ref: TQ296866
Size in hectares: 0.405
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:
In Conservation Area: Yes
Conservation Area name: CA
Tree Preservation Order: Not known
Nature Conservation Area: No
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: No
Other LA designation:

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