A brand new publically accessible garden tucked away near Queen Street, with its intricate hand carved benches which are a treat to explore.
St Pancras Church Garden is on the site of St Pancras Church, a late 11th century church destroyed by the Great Fire of London in 1666. Although the church was never rebuilt the land continued to be used as a burial ground until 1853. The site was partly excavated by the Guildhall Museum in 1963, at which time the burials appear to have been removed.
More recently the site was in a derelict condition and in 2010 the City of London acquired the leasehold of the site in order to turn it into a public garden.
A design competition was held and the winning design was submitted by Studio Weave. Their proposals draw on the history of the site and represent the Romanesque architecture of the church sprouting afresh from the earth, following the Great Fire.
The benches were individually carved by students of the City & Guilds of London Art School, which has long associations with the City. The students based their carving on historically referenced Romanesque church carvings.
The site is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and the works were monitored by an archaeologist who found part of the wall of the Church of St Pancras exposed in the foundations when the front boundary wall of the site was removed.