Victorian London - Publications - History - The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896 - Bunyan's Tomb in Bunhill Fields

Bunyan's Tomb in Bunhill Fields - photograph


Bunhill Fields Cemetery, in the City Road, was long the chief burial-place of London Nonconformists. The most noteworthy tomb therein is that of John Bunyan, bearing a recumbent figure of the great allegorist. Like the surrounding monuments, it has suffered from the ravages of time, but it has been carefully restored, and is protected by a substantial railing. The inscription at the foot is "John Bunyan, author of the 'Pilgrim's Progress,' Obt. 31 Aug. 1688, Aet. 60" while at the head is another recording the fact that the tomb was restored by public subscription in 1862. On either side is a rude figure of Christian - one with his burden on his back, and the other with it rolling off at the foot of the Cross. Hard by are buried Daniel Defoe, Isaac Watts, Richard Cromwell, and the mother of the Wesleys.