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St Peter and St Paul Churchyard Merton
Summary: There has been a church here since at least the C13th, and Church Road Cemetery opened in 1559. The current church of St Peter and St Paul, to the south-west of Mitcham village centre, was built in 1819-21 by George Smith. It was repainted in the 1990s as part of a Challenge Anneke television programme. The churchyard is on the site of an old Saxon burial ground; it was expanded in 1855 and 1880 to the north, and again in 1909 when it took over the former 'Vicar's Field'. Among those buried are Anne Hall (d.1740); Thomas Stanley (d.1811); and Richard Cranmer.
Previous / Other name: Mitcham Parish Church; Church Road Burial Ground; Church Road Cemetery
Site location: Church Road/Miles Road/Love Lane
Postcode: CR4 3BE > Google Map
Type of site: Churchyard; Cemetery
Date(s): C13th onwards
Listed structures: LBII*: St Peter and St Paul's Church. LBII: Tomb of Anne Hall; Tomb of Thomas Stanley; Tomb of Richard Cranmer; Table Tomb west of Richard Cranmer Tomb; Vicarage
Borough: Merton
Site ownership: Diocese of Southwark
Site management: LB Merton Community and Cultural Services, Facilities and Technical Group
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: unrestricted
Special conditions:
Public transport: Tramlink: Belgrave Walk. Bus: 200
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/07/2011
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Fuller information:

Church Road Cemetery is run and maintained by LB Merton, whose cemetery office has the records from 1883 to date. Records prior to 1883 are held with the Surrey History Centre.

Sources consulted:

Ian Yarham, Dave Dawson, Martin Boyle, Rebecca Holliday 'Nature Conservation in Merton, Ecology Handbook 29', London Ecology Unit, 1998, p100.
Grid ref: TQ270687
Size in hectares: 2.22
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: Mitcham Cricket Green
Tree Preservation Order: Not known
Nature Conservation Area: Yes - Local Importance
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: Yes - Archaeological Priority Zone
Other LA designation: Green Corridor

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