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Bunhill Fields

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Bunhill Fields is a former Dissenters' burial ground of four acres, bounded by City Road to the east and Bunhill Row to the west. Managed as a public open space by the Corporation since 1867, it is the last survivor of London's once numerous small burial grounds (as distinct from churchyards).It is the last resting place for an estimated 120,000 bodies, including three of Britain's most eminent nonconformists - William Blake, John Bunyan and Daniel Defoe. Many of the graves are packed closely together, giving an idea of how London's burial places looked before large cemeteries further from the centre of London opened from the 1830s onwards.

Bunhill today is a popular lunchtime spot for office workers wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of the surrounding City. The graveyard is well stocked with mature trees - planes, oaks and limes, together with a golden-barked ash, a black mulberry and a June-flowering winter bark tree, Drymis winteri, from South America. The trees provide cover for birds including tawny owls, magpies and nuthatches. A notable summer breeding visitor is the spotted flycatcher.



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