Walk with the dead in the City of London

Not actually William Blake's tomb but, apparently, close enough

Not actually William Blake’s tomb but, apparently, close enough

A cemetery such as Bunhill Fields Burial Ground is a potent reminder of a more youthful London, particularly as space in the city has become such a premium. How Bunhill hasn’t gone the way of so many other graveyards is anyone’s guess, more familiar are we with the sight of headstones lined up like teeth against the brick walls of former churchyards desecrated by London’s bulbous creep.

Tree of the day

Tree of the day

What a graveyard! The hum of busyness surrounds it though stillness is the order of the day within. Tall plane trees overshadow oddly flat-topped bushes, and modest tombs lose all meaning as time colludes with the weather for a clean slate. There are famous people buried here but you’d be hard-pressed to find them.

Pathway through Bunhill Fields Burial Ground

Pathway through Bunhill Fields Burial Ground

A sign like this makes me want to do the opposite

A sign like this makes me want to do the opposite

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One comment

  1. annecoupe · · Reply

    I think Daniel Defoe is buried there too.

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