Bunhill Fields is a former burial ground in the London Borough of Islington, north of the City of London, now managed as a public garden by the City of London Corporation. It is about 1.6 hectares in extent, although historically it was much larger.
It was in use as a burial ground from 1665 until 1854, by which date approximately 123,000 interments were estimated to have taken place. Over 2,000 monuments remain. It was particularly favoured by Nonconformists, and contains the graves of many notable people, including John Bunyan , author of The Pilgrim's Progress; Daniel Defoe , author of Robinson Crusoe; William Blake , artist, poet, and mystic; Susanna Wesley , known as the "Mother of Methodism" through her education of sons John and Charles; Thomas Bayes , statistician and philosopher; and Isaac Watts , the "Father of English Hymnody".
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