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Lawrance Family Monument, South Enclosure

A Grade II Listed Building in Islington, London

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.5233 / 51°31'24"N

Longitude: -0.0883 / 0°5'17"W

OS Eastings: 532722

OS Northings: 182223

OS Grid: TQ327822

Mapcode National: GBR S8.93

Mapcode Global: VHGQT.FZ53

Entry Name: Lawrance Family Monument, South Enclosure

Listing Date: 21 February 2011

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1396537

English Heritage Legacy ID: 508632

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


635-1/0/10264 BUNHILL FIELDS BURIAL GROUND
21-FEB-11 Lawrance family monument, South enclos
ure

GV II
Headstone of David Mountague Lawrance and family, 1806

LOCATION: 532722.2, 182222.6

MATERIALS: Sandstone

DESCRIPTION: The monument takes the form of an upright slab with a shaped top. The first part of the inscription reads: 'The family grave / of / DAVID MOUNTAGUE LAWRANCE / who died April 19th 1806 / Aged 25 Years. / The dying words of the Deceas'd / was "Glory Glory Glory". Further inscriptions record the burials of Lawrance's father, grandson and other members of the family.

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 Lawrance family monument is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Its inscription, recording the deceased's terminal outburst of devout rapture, epitomises the 'enthusiastic' piety of the day, and with it the Evangelical spirituality of the Bunhill Fields Nonconformists.
* 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


635-1/0/10264 BUNHILL FIELDS BURIAL GROUND
21-FEB-11 Lawrance family monument, South enclos
ure

GV II
Headstone of David Mountague Lawrance and family, 1806

LOCATION: 532722.2, 182222.6

MATERIALS: Sandstone

DESCRIPTION: The monument takes the form of an upright slab with a shaped top. The first part of the inscription reads: 'The family grave / of / DAVID MOUNTAGUE LAWRANCE / who died April 19th 1806 / Aged 25 Years. / The dying words of the Deceas'd / was "Glory Glory Glory". Further inscriptions record the burials of Lawrance's father, grandson and other members of the family.

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 Lawrance family monument is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Its inscription, recording the deceased's terminal outburst of devout rapture, epitomises the 'enthusiastic' piety of the day, and with it the Evangelical spirituality of the Bunhill Fields Nonconformists.
* 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

The Lawrance family monument is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Its inscription, recording the deceased's terminal outburst of devout rapture, epitomises the 'enthusiastic' piety of the day, and with it the Evangelical spirituality of the Bunhill Fields Nonconformists.
* 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.

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