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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 1.6ha 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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  • the cemetery itself I don't think merits more than 3 stars, the tombs, even of the most famous people, are covered by MOSS and leaves, though overall is clean, starbucks cups visas on the first day had been take off the next. The wonderful thing are squirrels fatties who live in the trees of the cemetery that if you start to get closer with little shyness. If you drop a crumb then you arrive to the feet. are a colony of at least a dozen animals, delightful. my daughter has them appreciated well over hamleys or tower bridge!
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  • This place has always been on my list of places to visit. It is based in the London borough of Islington and was used as a burial ground for nonconformists from 1665 - 1854. It is now a Grade I park a...  more »
  • So sad to see the gravestones with sometimes whole families buried there with their children. A very interesting place.  more »
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  • A wonderfully calm and green space only footsteps away from the urban grind of the Old St roundabout. I enjoyed the daffodils of early spring, and there are currently plenty of bluebells out around the tombstones. Be aware that most of the cemetery plot is fenced off, visits by arrangement only, and the path between City Road and Bunhill Row is quite narrow and busy during rush hour, but there is plenty of space to the north of the path, with a number of benches in the semi-shade of old trees. Well worth a visit if you are in the area and need a green break from all the urban locales.
  • I discovered this place yesterday. It was so good to eat my lunch on a bench here, immersed in the quietness. I left the place relaxed and energised
  • It seems odd to "like" a crematorium but it is modern, clean, and has nice views. I prefer a church service and proper burial.
  • For this alone, I find this place worthy of a visit. "(This is) The last resting place of many distinguished non-conformists as well as some 120,000 fellow dissenters, all buried here between the late-1600s to the mid-1800s. The cemetery was designed solely for those who rebelled against political or religious orthodoxy and houses the graves of William Blake, John Bunyan and Daniel Defoe among others great thinkers and artists." #timeoutlondon
  • Gorgeous little park in the middle of it all. Beautiful history.
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