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Bunhill Fields is a former burial ground in central London, in the London Borough of Islington, just north of the City of London boundary. The site is managed as a public garden by the City of London Corporation. It is about 1.6 hectares (4.0 acres) in extent, although historically it was much larger.
It was in use as a burial ground from 1665 until 1854, by which date approximately 123,000 interments were estimated to have taken place. Over 2,000 monuments remain. It was nondenominational, and in practice was particularly favoured by nonconformists. It contains the graves of many notable people, including John Bunyan (died 1688), author of The Pilgrim's Progress; Daniel Defoe (died 1731), author of Robinson Crusoe; William Blake (died 1827), artist, poet, and mystic; Susanna Wesley (died 1742), known as the "Mother of Methodism" through her education of sons John and Charles; Thomas Bayes (died 1761), statistician and philosopher; and Isaac Watts (died 1748), the "Father of English Hymnody".
Bunhill Fields is listed Grade I on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.
On the far side of Bunhill Row, behind the residential tower Braithwaite House, is a Quaker burial ground, which was historically sometimes also known by the name Bunhill Fields and was in use from 1661 to 1855. George Fox (died 1691), one of the founders of the Quaker movement, was among those buried here. Its remains are a public garden, Quaker Gardens, managed by the London Borough of Islington.
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Bunhill Fields Reviews
Some big names buried here, as well as some lesser known and unknown ones. A nice, quiet space in the city. Would be good to do the guided walk on another visit. more »
Bunhill Fields comprises 1.6 hectares of burial ground next to the Artillery Company headquarters in City Road within the London Borough of Islington but owned and run by the City of London... more »
GREAT SEATING AREA IN THE CITY ALTHOUGH IT'S A BURIAL GROUND IT HAS A WONDERFUL CHARM. NO KIDS AND NO TEENAGERS. SAFE AND PLEASANT OUTDOOR SPACE. TRANQUIL EVEN THOUGH IT'S SURROUNDED BY TRAFFIC AND BUILDING WORKS, YOU CAN ACTUALLY TUNE OUT. GREAT FOR A LUNCH TIME BREAK IF WALKING OR JUST HAVING A SANDWICH. A GEM! WELL MAINTAINED! FABULOUS!!!
This was really interesting and it was lovely and shady in today's heat. However there was no warden on duty so we couldn't get in amongst the stones. Also the area that is overseen as 'conservation' was really untidy and just looked unloved rather than a wildlife project.
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