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Bunhill Fields, London

Categories: Cemeteries, Tourist Spots
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4.3/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web
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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  • Visited here today with my two young children. I studied William Blake at school so was curious to have a quick look. It's a very old cemetery and quite atmospheric. There's a little park next door wh...  read more »
  • After the paintings, even the tomb of William Blake, a special place, Green Garden amid the skyscrapers of islington
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  • The best way to get here by bus or metro, after approaching a busy street, so a bit more we doubt that our destination will be worth it. But as soon as we cross the threshold of the cemetery, so everything is changing. Ambient sounds fading and zavládá peace. In the center of the whole complex is a map to the visitor saw where to search for the most famous gravestones (William Blake, Daniel Defoe, ...) and then you just need to browse, or sit and look around. but should be added that, at the time of the lunch has this idea a lot of other people, so I recommend you rather in the morning or evening.
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  • The mystical genius William Blake amongst other illustrious deceased in this historic graveyard. Atmospheric and certainly worth a peek if around Old Street underground perimeters. Squirrel playground.
  • This is a really great place to sit out. Some people reading this might find it strange to recommend a place, one run by the London Borough of Islington as a burial grounds. Now run as a park by the City of London and apart from a nice peaceful place to take lunch, reflect upon life. You are also in the "company" of some great people such as Willian Blake or John Bunyan who were buried here many centuries ago. A fantastic place and so peaceful
  • Very close to the office so a pleasant spot to go in the warmer weather to sit and eat lunch, far nicer to watch the squirrels than sit in the office! Historically of great interest for the sheer number of famous dead people noted here, the most famous arguably William Blake.
  • If you work in the area, it is a nice place to come and eat you lunch. Its even close enough to go to the Whitecross Markets buy some street food and come back and eat it in the Park.
  • few famous people are buried here its also a nice secluded park with huge trees. there a a good few chairs around the park but most of the time its covered in bird droppings or rain soaked, such a shame. very nice in the summer
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