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Bunhill Fields, London

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Bunhill Fields is a former burial ground in the London Borough of Islington, north of the City of London, now managed as a public garden by the City of London Corporation. It is about 4ha 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 particularly favoured by Nonconformists, and 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".Nearby was a separate Quaker burial ground, sometimes also known by the name Bunhill Fields, which 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 also now a public garden, Quaker Gardens, managed by the London Borough of Islington.
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  • This a a lovely place to visit on a spring day. Unfortunately I visited Bunhill especially for the guided tour. Several people waited until 12.45 but no guide turned up despite the lady coming out a m...  more »
  • We went here early one morning in the break between Christmas and New Year . The graves of some very interesting folk are here - non conformist writers , leaders of religious societies and missionary ...  more »
  • Quiet green area to escape from the busy streets. Makes a useful cut-through to the Barbican and Farringdon  more »
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  • Peaceful shaded spot. Great to eat lunch and read a book on a warm day. The graveyard itself is behind a fence and you'll need to speak to a warden to access graves.
  • Very quiet and larger than it looks from the outside. There is a large patch of grass inside where people sit and eat/relax
  • A wonderful little pocket of serenity in a buzzing part of London. Some interesting history too in the graveyard.
  • Lovely little respite near the busy Old Street. I come here often to enjoy lunch under the trees.
  • You don't get access there easily , but it's super well cared for sports field with real cannons, feels dramatic