Greater London England
Postal Code: EC1
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Quaker Gardens between Banner Street and Chequer Street, London.The Quaker Burying Ground was closed for burials in 1855.
Bunhill Fields burial ground was the first freehold property owned by Quakers, bought in 1661 and used until 1855 for 12,000 burials. It predates the more famous dissenters' ground across Bunhill Row, although the area ('Bone Hill') was long associated with burials. George Fox, Edward Burrough and John Bellers were buried here; among the many during the plague were 27 Quakers who died still in harbour on the ship Black Eagle 'when under sentence of banishment for the Truth', as the burial register entries read. Graves were meant to be unmarked, as monuments were 'of no service to the deceased', but stones did appear. In about 1750 Robert Howard, an Old Street tinplate worker, found a stone marked 'G.F.', and demanded it should be hammered into rubble. At about that time, it is reported that when a wall was being removed a lead coffin was found, inscribed with George Fox's initials and age. The body was reinterred but the site was not marked until 1881.