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Christchurch Gardens Wandsworth


Christchurch Gardens is the former burial ground of Christ Church and was laid out as a public garden in 1885. The original church was built in 1849 to serve Battersea's growing population, but was destroyed by bombing in 1944. Christchurch and St Stephen was rebuilt on the site in 1959. The triangular garden is surrounded by hedging and has original railings; a picturesque curved brick shelter provides seating and once had a bronze plaque commemorating local civilians who died in WWII. The garden has rose beds, lawn, and trees include horse chestnut and ornamental cherry.

Basic Details

Site location:
Cabul Road/Battersea Park Road

SW11 ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Public Gardens



Listed structures:


Site ownership:
LB Wandsworth

Site management:
Parks Service

Open to public?

Opening times:
8am - dusk

Special conditions:



Public transport:
Rail/London Overground: Clapham Junction. Rail: Wandsworth Town. Bus: 44, 49, 319, 344, 345

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/05/2005
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Further Information

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Green Flag:

On EH National Register :

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:

Local Authority Data

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:

Tree Preservation Order:
Yes (no. 27)

Nature Conservation Area:

Green Belt:

Metropolitan Open Land:

Special Policy Area:
Yes - Archaeological Priority Area

Other LA designation:
Incidental Public Open Space/Landscaped Open Space

Fuller information

Christchurch Gardens was laid out as a public garden in 1885 as 'an outdoors drawing room' with assistance from the Metropolitan Public Gardens Association. At that time it was the responsibility of the Vestry of Battersea. With the arrival of the railway, Battersea had changed greatly during the C19th from a small village with market gardens to a densely populated town with busy wharves along the river. The original Christ Church was built in 1849 to serve the growing population, and was designed by C Lee and T T Bury. It was destroyed by direct bombing in 1944 in WWII, and the current church was rebuilt on the site in 1959. Seating was provided in the public gardens in a picturesque curved brick shelter with tiled roof and central weather vane. This formerly contained a bronze plaque dedicated to the memory of the civilian war dead of Battersea, but this was stolen in 2007 and has been replaced by a granite memorial provided by the local Co-op Funeral Parlour. The triangular garden is surrounded by hedging and original railings; it has rose beds and lawns, with clematis montana growing over part of the shelter. Trees include horse chestnut, ornamental cherry and various recently planted trees. Adjacent to the garden, the church of Christchurch and St Stephen is set within lawn, with trees and shrubs. Outside the gardens on Cabul Road is a Metropolitan Drinking Trough.

Sources consulted:

Bridget Cherry & Nikolaus Pevsner, 'The Buildings of England: London 2: South' (Penguin) 1999; LB Wandsworth, Christchurch Gardens Management Plan 2008 - 2013 (2007)

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