Things to know about the Bunhill Fields Burial Ground in London

Have you ever visited any touristy attraction? Has the thought of exploring a popular travel hotspot ever come to your mind? Do you intend to visit London? The English capital is truly a marvellous holiday destination that makes people feel well enriched all the time. It is definitely all about how well you can manage to make the most of your holiday time that eventually matters the most. London is truly a surprising holiday destination that aims at captivating the vacation interest of each and every individual. If it has been really long that you have not gone out on a holiday break then all you need to do is to find out an effective holiday plan that will help you in achieving all your desires thoughtfully.

There are innumerable places to visit in the English capital and you are surely going to love every single bit of your time and energy. It is definitely all about how better you can plan everything and on the basis of that your spirit of vacation will be determined.

While you are here in London, make sure to stay at The Montcalm Royal London House Hotel that will put you close to a plethora of exquisite tourist hotspots. For instance, you can really look forward to visit the Bunhill Burial Ground that is located at a close proximity from this hotel.

About the Bunhill Burial Ground in London

The Bunhill Fields is known for being a burial ground that ahs its base in the London Borough of Islington. If you visit the north of the City of London, you will be able to find this amazing travel hotspot that is now managed by the City of London Corporation. This public garden measures about 1.6 hectares and it is said that historically it is larger in size.

If the hustle bustle of the city centre bores you and you are in search for some place that makes you calm and composed then all you need to do is to manage some time out of your busy London holiday itinerary and pay a visit to the Bunhill Fields that is known for promoting greenery in the most tranquil manner.

  • Time to visit the Bunhill Fields:

The Bunhill fields remains open throughout the year from 8 am to 7 pm. This public garden remains closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

  • History of the Bunhill Fields

The historical significance is well recognised by its designation as a Grade-Ii listed site. This is the resting place for an estimated 120,000 bodies and this site has a long and enriched history as a burial ground. Although it is a burial ground, its main history is known for being the hub of several Non conformist connections.

Many prominent people have been buried here in the Bunhill Fields. Some of the most notable people were William Blake, John Bunyan, Daniel Defoe and Susannah Wesley.

The significance of this burial ground is well recognised by the designation of its charming landscape. It is a Grade I listed site and has its entry on the National Register of Parks and Gardens.

It is definitely going to be an overwhelming journey for you as you could easily look forward to make the most of your time over here. If you feel hungry you can quickly visit the restaurants near Finsbury Square and enjoy a hearty meal.

Bunhill Fields is also recognised for being an integral part of the Bunhill Fields Burial ground and Finsbury square Conservation Area. It is known for possessing seventy five listed tombs within its boundary.

At present, the layout of the Bunhill Fields Burial ground dates was created in two major phases and the first was one drafted in the 1860s. It was then that the City of London took the initiative to improve the site. It also involved several lay out paths. Tombs were re-cut and records were inscribed upon the tombs as a part of the lay out process.

It was in the 1960s that the second and the final layer was introduced to the site. Peter shepherd was known as one of the pioneer of landscape architecture. He designed this public garden in the 1960s. The southern area of the Bunhill Fields continues to serve as home to the memorials and there are fences and metal railings that are aimed at limiting the public access into the tomb area.

As you visit the northern end of the Bunhill Fields, you will be able to check out a new open lawn that has been beautifully enclosed by shrub plantation. This was created for the purpose of complementing the landscape of the memorials. At present, the burial ground takes pride to possess almost 2,333 monuments. Most of these monuments are simple headstones and are mainly arranged in a grid formation.

Many office workers come over here during their lunch hours to enjoy the tranquillity while having their lunch. This is the best place to escape the hustle bustle of the surrounding City of London.

The other nearby attractions that you can also explore are as follows:

  • Wesley’s Chapel:  This is located right opposite to the burial ground across the City Road towards the eastern side. This popular chapel was constructed by John Wesley in 1778 and is known for being the ‘cathedral of world Methodism’.
  • Quaker Gardens: As you start visiting the west of Bunhill Fields, you will be able to check out the closely located Quaker Gardens. This is another most important Nonconformist site. It was bought by the Quaker family in 1661 and was used till 1855. Many popular people were buried there including George Fox, Edward Burrough, John Bellers and others.

This is undoubtedly one of the most interesting sites to explore and enjoy in the City of London. Try to plan everything wisely and spend some of your holiday moments here and you are surely going to enjoy every bit of the trip.

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