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Chest Tomb with Volutes, South Enclosure

A Grade II Listed Building in Islington, London

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.5233 / 51°31'23"N

Longitude: -0.0895 / 0°5'22"W

OS Eastings: 532636

OS Northings: 182216

OS Grid: TQ326822

Mapcode National: GBR S8.13

Mapcode Global: VHGQT.DZJ4

Entry Name: Chest Tomb with Volutes, South Enclosure

Listing Date: 21 February 2011

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1396502

English Heritage Legacy ID: 508620

Location: Islington, London, EC1Y

County: London

District: Islington

Electoral Ward/Division: Bunhill

Built-Up Area: Islington

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Giles Cripplegate

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text


635-1/0/10253 BUNHILL FIELDS BURIAL GROUND
21-FEB-11 Chest tomb with volutes, South enclosure

GV II
Chest tomb, mid-C18

LOCATION: 532636.4, 182215.3

MATERIALS: Portland stone with brick plinth

DESCRIPTION: The monument takes the form of a tall stone chest with a projecting coped lid and moulded base, set upon a brick and stone plinth. The sides of the chest have label-shaped fielded panels, their inscriptions now illegible. The ends have similar panels set between elongated, richly-carved volutes.

HISTORY: Bunhill Fields was first enclosed as a burial ground in 1665. Thanks to its location just outside the City boundary, and its independence from any Established place of worship, it became London's principal Nonconformist cemetery, the burial place of John Bunyan, Daniel Defoe, William Blake and other leading religious and intellectual figures. It was closed for burials in 1853, laid out as a public park in 1867, and re-landscaped following war damage by Bridgewater and Shepheard in 1964-5.

SOURCES: Corporation of London, A History of the Bunhill Fields Burial Ground (1902).
A W Light, Bunhill Fields (London, 1915).

REASONS FOR DESIGNATION: The monument is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* It is a well-preserved mid-C18 chest tomb in an unusual Continental Baroque style.
* It is located within the Grade I registered Bunhill Fields Burial Ground (q.v.), and has group value with the other listed tombs in the south enclosure.

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

Description


635-1/0/10253 BUNHILL FIELDS BURIAL GROUND
21-FEB-11 Chest tomb with volutes, South enclosure

GV II
Chest tomb, mid-C18

LOCATION: 532636.4, 182215.3

MATERIALS: Portland stone with brick plinth

DESCRIPTION: The monument takes the form of a tall stone chest with a projecting coped lid and moulded base, set upon a brick and stone plinth. The sides of the chest have label-shaped fielded panels, their inscriptions now illegible. The ends have similar panels set between elongated, richly-carved volutes.

HISTORY: Bunhill Fields was first enclosed as a burial ground in 1665. Thanks to its location just outside the City boundary, and its independence from any Established place of worship, it became London's principal Nonconformist cemetery, the burial place of John Bunyan, Daniel Defoe, William Blake and other leading religious and intellectual figures. It was closed for burials in 1853, laid out as a public park in 1867, and re-landscaped following war damage by Bridgewater and Shepheard in 1964-5.

SOURCES: Corporation of London, A History of the Bunhill Fields Burial Ground (1902).
A W Light, Bunhill Fields (London, 1915).

REASONS FOR DESIGNATION: The monument is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* It is a well-preserved mid-C18 chest tomb in an unusual Continental Baroque style.
* It is located within the Grade I registered Bunhill Fields Burial Ground (q.v.), and has group value with the other listed tombs in the south enclosure.

Reasons for Listing

DCMS agree- list at Grade II.

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