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Bunhill Fields, London

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#79 of 142 in Historic Sites in London
Cemetery Tourist Spot
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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  • It seems churlish to give something this historic a three-star rating, but there's really not much to see and the path is so narrow it gets very crowded. If you like open spaces there are much nicer alternatives nearby, and if you like cemeteries there are much more interesting examples throughout London.
  • A very quiet and nice place for a quick office lunch. Certainly one of my fav around the area
  • Nice little spot of greenery and quiet in a busy area surrounded by construction projects. I was here at the end of March, and the blooming spring flowers were really nice to see.
  • Great lunch spot. I don't know whether it is too weird to say that the place looks lovely when it's sunny. ☀️
  • Great respite n Pokémon go nesting ground XD

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