Bunhill Fields

Posted: July 5, 2016 in History, London, UK
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Bunhill fields is an open space and former burial ground just north of the city of London, in the area of Islington. The name probably comes from ‘Bone Hill’ and relates to the use of the site as a place for re-interment of thousands of bones removed from the charnel house at St Pauls, when that was demolished in 1549.

It became a popular burial site for non-conformists and amongst the famous people buried here are:

  • John Bunyan d1688 – author of Pilgrim’s progress
  • Daniel Defoe d 1731 – author of Robinson Crusoe
  • William Blake d 1827 – poet and artist
  • Susana Wesley d 1742 – Mother of John Wesley
  • Isaac Watts d 1748 – Hymn writer
Tomb of John Bunyan

Tomb of John Bunyan

Tomb of John Bunyan

Tomb of John Bunyan

Grave of Daniel Defoe

Grave of Daniel Defoe

Grave of William Blake

Grave of William Blake

The burial field was closed in December 1854 by which time it is estimated that 123,000 interments had taken place. It is now managed as an open space.

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