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Bunhill Fields

Ran through on Saturday. Had never really looked when passing before. Along the City Road next to the Honourable Artillery Company headquarters. London has interesting history at every corner if you just know where to look AND open your eyes.

Buried here: William Blake, Daniel Defoe, John Bunyan [amongst others].

blakeI have always found it funny that ‘the powers that be’, who are not interested in many persons in life, still want to bask in their reflected glory after the fact. There must be nothing worse for a ‘famous son of’ [if they are able to look down from some afterlife] and their descendants than to have plaques and local history museums etc erected in their honour after they are dead, when all they did in life was to try and get away from/disown the place that subsequently claim them as an luminary.

I know that Bunyan and Blake at least, buried at Bunhill due to being nonconformists, also have plaques in Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey. I know there was a lot of ‘tidying up’ at Bunhill Fields over the centuries but I think Blake would love the headstone he now has? ‘Somewhere near here lies’. Not quite X marks the spot then.

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