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St Mary-at-Lambeth London
(Deconsecrated)
London  SE1 7JU
TfL Fare Zone 1
 
 
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St Mary-at-Lambeth, no longer a consecrated church, has been reborn as the Garden Museum (formerly the Museum of Garden History).
 
It is good to see that this historic old church has been given a new lease of life. The Doomsday Book records a church dedicated to St Mary on this site prior to the Norman Conquest.
 
The church was rebuilt during the period 1374 to 1377. There was more structural rebuilding in the 1500s and then in the Second World War the church was badly damaged by a bomb. Sadly, all that remains of the medieval church is the tower and the floor of the original Tudor chapel.
 
Under the Tudor chapel floor are buried many 15th and 16th century members of the Duke of Norfolk/Howard family including the mother of King Henry VIII‘s second wife, Anne Boleyn. On the walls are 16th and 17th century memorial brasses.
 
Near the entrance to the museum is what looks like a round bath set into the floor. It is a 19th century baptistery for parishioners requiring total immersion baptism. One of the windows depicts the legend of the Pedlar and his Dog.
 
Several historic graves have been incorporated into the Museum garden. Sir William Bligh of ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ fame has a splendid tomb as do the 16th century plant hunters, The Tradescants.
 
In 1977 the church was taken over by The Tradescant Trust as the first Museum of Garden History.
 
Contact & Further Information
 
Getting There
 
- By Underground
Westminster Station    District, Circle and Jubilee Lines  
From Westminster Station, walk across Westminster Bridge, turning down Lambeth Palace Road past St Thomas’ Hospital to The Garden Museum
 
- By Mainline Rail
Alight at either Waterloo Station or Victoria Station and then take a bus.
We suggest that you visit the Transport for London website - link above and use their 'Journey Planner'
 
- By Walking
 From Westminster Station walk past the Houses of Parliament and along the river through Victoria Tower Gardens. Cross the river by Lambeth Bridge and turn left into Lambert Palace Road to The Garden Museum.
 
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