Our Churchyard of St Mary and St John church is a haven for wildlife, and had a special role in the life of what is now a culturally diverse, vibrant urban community.

It is:

  • A home for wildlife of all types, squirrels, butterflies, bees, many types of flowers.
  • The resting place of many social groups in our community – children, workhouse residents, servicemen from the two world wars, members of religious orders.
  • A place for peaceful reflection – use our meditative labyrinth, or have a few quiet moments in our memorial garden

You are very welcome to come and enjoy this beautiful space in the heart of the Cowley Road.

Find out about the history and present-day work of St Mary and St John Churchyard on the churchyard website.

Gravestone Geology

Click here to watch a video introducing some of the geology of the many graves in our churchyard with Nina Morgan and Philip Powell.