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Cheeswright Family Monument, South Enclosure

A Grade II Listed Building in Islington, London

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.5234 / 51°31'24"N

Longitude: -0.0878 / 0°5'15"W

OS Eastings: 532759

OS Northings: 182236

OS Grid: TQ327822

Mapcode National: GBR S8.F2

Mapcode Global: VHGQT.FZG0

Entry Name: Cheeswright Family Monument, South Enclosure

Listing Date: 21 February 2011

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1396564

English Heritage Legacy ID: 508649

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


635-1/0/10279 BUNHILL FIELDS BURIAL GROUND
21-FEB-11 Cheeswright family monument, South enc
losure

GV II
Headstone of the Cheeswright family, c.1801

LOCATION: 532759, 182235.2

MATERIALS: Sandstone

DESCRIPTION: The monument takes the form of an upright stone slab with a horned and arched top. It is inscribed on both sides. The eastern face, partly repaired in cement, commemorates various members of the Cheeswright family with dates of death between 1801 and 1813. On the western face is an inscription commemorating Elizabeth White (d.1824), daughter of Samuel and Hannah Cheeswright: 'The meekest of Women and the best of Wives and of Mothers, she alleviated the Sorrows and improved the Comforts of that Domestic Circle adorned by her Virtues. Courteous without servility and Pious without ostentation, she conciliated the tenderest affection of her Relatives and Friends, and enjoyed the sincere esteem of all who had the happiness of her acquaintance. So gentle was her Spirit, and so benign her disposition, that it may truly be said, Of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.'

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 Cheeswright monument is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* It is a well-preserved early-C19 monument with an inscription epitomising contemporary ideals of pious womanhood;
* 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


635-1/0/10279 BUNHILL FIELDS BURIAL GROUND
21-FEB-11 Cheeswright family monument, South enc
losure

GV II
Headstone of the Cheeswright family, c.1801

LOCATION: 532759, 182235.2

MATERIALS: Sandstone

DESCRIPTION: The monument takes the form of an upright stone slab with a horned and arched top. It is inscribed on both sides. The eastern face, partly repaired in cement, commemorates various members of the Cheeswright family with dates of death between 1801 and 1813. On the western face is an inscription commemorating Elizabeth White (d.1824), daughter of Samuel and Hannah Cheeswright: 'The meekest of Women and the best of Wives and of Mothers, she alleviated the Sorrows and improved the Comforts of that Domestic Circle adorned by her Virtues. Courteous without servility and Pious without ostentation, she conciliated the tenderest affection of her Relatives and Friends, and enjoyed the sincere esteem of all who had the happiness of her acquaintance. So gentle was her Spirit, and so benign her disposition, that it may truly be said, Of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.'

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 Cheeswright monument is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* It is a well-preserved early-C19 monument with an inscription epitomising contemporary ideals of pious womanhood;
* 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 Cheeswright monument is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* It is a well-preserved early-C19 monument with an inscription epitomising contemporary ideals of pious womanhood;
* 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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