St Martin Orgar churchyard is situated in the south east corner of Candlewick Ward and south of Cannon Street within the City of London. The site is owned by the Diocese of London. The site is adjacent to but not included in the Laurence Pountney Hill Conservation Area. The southern end of the churchyard has been sold to 24 King William Street and is undergoing commercial development.
There are three listed structures on site, the front gate, the retaining wall at the front and the forty nine railings on the retaining wall.
It is recorded in early parish records that the churchyard was once a burial ground and therefore Section 25 of the Burial Act of 1857, The Disused Burial Grounds (Amendment) Act 1981 and the Pastoral Measure 1983 apply. The Faculty Jurisdiction Measure 1964 will also apply if there are found to be tombstones on site.
The open ground within the churchyard is a permeable surface and therefore significant in terms of its flood mitigation contribution. None of the trees on site have Tree Preservation Orders.
St Martin Orgar dates back to Saxon times and has potentially major archaeological significance. This assumption is supported by the findings of the archaeological investigation of 24 King William Street in 1986.
There is a right of access for 24 King William Street to use the churchyard and the front entrance as a fire escape. A right of access also exists for 29 Martin Lane where their fire escape leads directly out into the churchyard.
The site has a rich history dating back to medieval times for which there is much archaeological evidence giving a comprehensive picture of the site at this time. The archaeological investigations carried out by the Museum of London also revealed evidence of Roman activity such as infrastructure, ornaments, pottery, leatherwork and coins.
With this in mind the opportunity to continue investigating the churchyard with the knowledge that archaeological remains may also be present in this area, should not be overlooked. My vision for the future use of the site is as an educational and income generating resource with the archaeological finds and structures as the core attraction for interested parties to come and learn about the history of the site. My vision is to create an archaeological churchyard garden for public use.