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The site of St John’s Church has a very long history. It has been a site of worship for over 1,000 years. The Church, rebuilt in 1747, is listed grade I, and the graveyards contain a further twenty separate listings. The gravestone, many of which predate the current Churchs provide a wealth of social history and architectural interest.

St Johns Parish Church

The Churchyards’ graves and monuments are sheltered by sycamores, horse-chestnuts, cypress, cedar-of-Lebanon, maidenhair tree, and oaks. Between the graves are grasses (rye-grass, sheep’s-sorrel, hairy sedge, and field wood-rush) and unusually (for London) four types of ferns (lady’s-fern, male-fern, broad buckler fern and hart’s-tongue). In total there are more than one hundred different plant species, two of which are uncommon to London: a type of primrose (Primula vulgaris) and a fern (Anthyrium filix-femina). As a result of this diversity, the site is designated a “Borough Grade I Site of Importance for Nature Conservation” by Camden Council and the London Ecology Unit.

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