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Tomb with Railings, East Enclosure

A Grade II Listed Building in Islington, London

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.5236 / 51°31'25"N

Longitude: -0.0877 / 0°5'15"W

OS Eastings: 532762

OS Northings: 182255

OS Grid: TQ327822

Mapcode National: GBR S8.F0

Mapcode Global: VHGQT.FYHW

Entry Name: Tomb with Railings, East Enclosure

Listing Date: 21 February 2011

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1396520

English Heritage Legacy ID: 508553

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


635-1/0/10217 BUNHILL FIELDS BURIAL GROUND
21-FEB-11 Tomb with railings, East enclosure

GV II
Chest tomb with railings, late C18 or early C19

LOCATION: 532761.6, 182254.6

MATERIALS: Portland stone with wrought-iron railings

DESCRIPTION: The tomb is a simple stone slab resting upon a low moulded base and surrounded by spear-topped railings with urn finials at the corners and mid-points

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 (1915).

REASONS FOR DESIGNATION: The monument is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* It is a late-Georgian tomb which, unusually, retains its original railed enclosure.
* 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 east enclosure.

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

Description


635-1/0/10217 BUNHILL FIELDS BURIAL GROUND
21-FEB-11 Tomb with railings, East enclosure

GV II
Chest tomb with railings, late C18 or early C19

LOCATION: 532761.6, 182254.6

MATERIALS: Portland stone with wrought-iron railings

DESCRIPTION: The tomb is a simple stone slab resting upon a low moulded base and surrounded by spear-topped railings with urn finials at the corners and mid-points

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 (1915).

REASONS FOR DESIGNATION: The monument is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* It is a late-Georgian tomb which, unusually, retains its original railed enclosure.
* 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 east enclosure.

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