It is believed that there has been a church on the present site of St. George's since before the Norman Conquest.
We know that a church of some kind stood here in 1070. The people of Beckenham and Penge have been buried in the grounds which now forms the Churchyard since these early times.
The burial registers start in 1538 and are available for all to see; on microfilm, in Bromley Local Studies Library.
Many interesting tombstones are still visible in the Churchyard; many others are of course worn by weather and time.
Take a tour during August 2016 with Joan Conway - telephone 0208 663 6996 to book
Join the Friends of the Churchyard
The friends of the Churchyard meet on the 2nd Sunday of each month (weather permitting) at 3 pm, to weed and maintain the Churchyard. This ends with tea and cake at 4 pm. Contact the friends of the Churchyard
Dear people as you pass me by,
I pray you on me cast an eye,
for as you are, so once was I,
and as I am so you must be,
therefore prepare to follow me.
A quote from an old stone.
The Churchyard is a beautiful place and changes with the seasons. In the Spring the ground is covered at times with the flowers of crocuses, snowdrops, daffodils, bluebells and chionodoxa. On a visit in the Summer months you will share the place with butterflies and a variety of other wildlife. In the Autumn the ground is a sea of golden leaves. Winter snow lends a special magical quality to the scene. The resident grey squirrels can be seen throughout the year.
Working in partnership with Bromley Council, who are responsible for the maintenance and care of the Churchyard, we plan to plant more trees and shrubs which, as well as providing an attractive setting for the church, will also enhance the habitat for birds, insects and small mammals. There are already a number of interesting species present. We hope that many visitors will be tempted to explore the Churchyard or just spend some time there in peace and quiet.