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.Put Bunhill Fields into our London online journey planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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Bunhill Fields is a former burial ground close to London's Silicon Roundabout. Nowadays it's more of a public garden with benches where many of the office works have their lunch. Over 2,000 monuments ... more »
Stumbled across this small cemetery with its old graves it is like a little oasis surrounded by the bustling city. Very peaceful and interesting to see the old gravestones 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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