Inventory Site Record

All Hallows London Wall (City of London)

Brief Description

This is part of the former churchyard to the medieval All Hallows Church; a church has existed on this site from c.1130, with a churchyard here by 1348. The north wall of the church sits on the Roman foundations of London Wall, the vestry on foundations of a Roman bastion. Part of the medieval remains of London Wall form one boundary of the churchyard west of the church, which was once railed. It is now a small raised public garden with a few trees and shrubs, paving, benches and raised flower beds along the old City Wall.

Practical Information
Previous / Other name:
All Hallows-on-the-Wall
Site location:
London Wall
What 3 Words:
Type of site:
Public Gardens
City of London
Open to public?
Opening times:
unrestricted. Church: Wed 4.30-7.30pm; Fri 11am-3pm except last Fri in month 12.30-2pm
Special conditions:
Exhibitions in church organised by Wallspace (www.wallspace.org.uk)
Public transport:
Rail: Liverpool Street. Tube: Liverpool Street (Central, Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith & City)
Research updated:
Last minor changes:

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Full Site Description

A church has existed on this site from c.1130, with a churchyard by 1348. The parish had been united with that of St Augustine Papey, a C12th church on City Wall which was redundant by the early C15th when it became associated with the Hospital of Papey, later suppressed by Edward VI, its chapel demolished c1547-53. The medieval church of All Hallows was replaced in 1765-7 by the present building, the first church to be designed by George Dance the Younger, when he was 24. Damaged in World War II, the building was later restored in the 1960s; until 1994 the church was the headquarters and library of the Council for the Care of Churches.

The church flanks London Wall, and indeed the north wall sits on the wall's Roman foundations with the vestry on foundations of a Roman bastion. Part of the medieval remains of London Wall, so-called from the 1540s, forms one boundary of the former churchyard, now a small raised public garden bordered from the pavement by a hedge, and overlooked from the east by All Hallows church tower; it is formally laid out with York paving and a number of benches set into niches in the low wall to raised flower beds set along the old city wall, to east and west are shrubs and a few trees, tapering to the west to a point with roses and shrubs. It was once railed over the low stone boundary wall, the railings removed in 1765-7 when the church was rebuilt by Dance.

The church was damaged by a terrorist bomb in 1993, restored by 1995. From 2006, All Hallows was used for exhibitions by Wallspace, a charity set up by Meryl Doney and designed to explore the relationships between art and spirituality. The broad range of exhibitions demonstrated the richness, diversity and risk of contemporary work in this field.

Sources consulted:

B. Cherry and N. Pevsner, 'The Buildings of England, London Vol. l: The Cities of London and Westminster', London, 1985; Simon Bradley & Nikolaus Pevsner, 'The Buildings of England, London 1: The City of London', 1997 (1999 ed.); leaflet: 'All Hallows London Wall. A short history by Christine Rees', 2000; London Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches data

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ330814 (533019,181485)
Size in hectares:
Site ownership:
Diocese of London
Site management:
City of London Corporation Open Spaces Dept.
1348; 1765-7; C19th
Listed structures:
LBI: All Hallows Church. SAM: section of London Wall bounding churchyard
On National Heritage List for England (NHLE), Parks & Gardens:

Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:

Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:


Local Authority Data

The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.

On Local List:
In Conservation Area:
Conservation Area name:
New Broad Street
Tree Preservation Order:
Nature Conservation Area:
Green Belt:
Metropolitan Open Land:
Special Policy Area:
Other LA designation:

All Hallows London Wall

All Hallows-on-the-Wall Churchyard Garden, September 2002. Photo: S Williams

All Hallows-on-the-Wall Churchyard west end, September 2002. Photo: S Williams
All Hallows London Wall, late C19th. Photograph reproduced from Mrs Basil Holmes, The London Burial Grounds, 1896
All Hallows', London Wall, illustration in George Godwin, The Churches of London, Vol II, 1839

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