Fen Court Garden: a tiny piece of London’s history
Fen Court has been a churchyard and burial ground since 1331, so it’s fitting that this diminutive garden was so quiet when I chanced upon it one dreary Sunday afternoon.
The site was once the graveyard for St Gabriel Fenchurch, which was lost in the Great Fire of London, and is now a garden dedicated not only to the people buried here but also to the abolition of the slave trade.
Settled next to the fading graves that are dotted around the space, you’ll find 17 “sugar cane” sculptures that rise up to create a slave auctioneer’s pulpit. Opened by Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 2008, the sculpture (named Gilt of Cain) was designed by Michael Visocchi to commemorate the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade in 1807.
Like many of the green spaces in the City, the unassuming Fen Court is surrounded by ostentatious office blocks; come here during the week and you’ll meet many of their inhabitants on their lunch breaks.
Venture here during the weekend, though, and those same office blocks will shelter you from the hustle and bustle of a London day, leaving you with only the past for company.
Opening times: Permanently open
Nearest Tube: Monument / Tower Hill / Bank
More information: Visit the City of London website
Other quiet places nearby
If you like Fen Court Garden, why not pay a visit and let me know if you liked it? You might also like to visit these places while you’re in the area:
- St Dunstan in the East church garden: Nature’s slice of the historical City
- St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace (visit their website here)
- Bishopsgate Institute and Library