St John the Baptist Churchyard, Eltham (also known as Eltham Parish Church)7399

London, England, Greater London

Brief Description

The churchyard entrance has a 19th-century lych gate, from where a path leads to the church. Among fine 18th- and 19th-century monuments are those of John T North of Avery Hill, the family vault of Sir William James, and of the Blenkiron family. One of the first Australian aborigines to visit Europe was also buried here in 1794.

History

The village of Eltham existed by the 11th century, with a church from at least the 12th century. The burial ground is likely to be of the same date. The present church of St John the Baptist was consecrated in 1875 and contains the remains of a sarcophagus from the 12th-century church. Eltham grew and became a suburb when the railways arrived and the area was developed.

Visitor Facilities

Opening is unrestricted.
Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

Opening is unrestricted.

Directions

Rail: Eltham. Bus: 321, B16, 124, 160, 161, 286, 126, 132, 233, 314
History

Period

  • 12th Century
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References

Contributors

  • London Parks and Gardens Trust