The Address of Bunhill Fields Burial Ground
The address of William Blake’s place of burial is as follows:
Bunhill Fields Burial ground
38 City Road
The City Road entrance is opposite the Wesley Chapel. The nearest tube station is Old Street, on the northern line. No burials have taken place for the last 200 years. It is open to the public as a London place of recreation, with a large lawn, fine trees and benches.
If you bring flowers, please place them next to Blake’s memorial stone and not on the lawn. We have been asked not to leave flowers on the lawn, at the place where Blake’s actual grave is located, because this creates a trip hazard to the blind children who play on this lawn.
Finding the actual place of William Blake’s grave
When you find Blake’s Memorial Stone you are 20 metres away from the actual place of William Blake’s grave, which is in the lawn by a big tree.
Blake died on the 12th August 1827 and was buried in an unmarked grave. On the centenary of Blake’s death, namely on the 12th August 1927 this memorial stone was placed immediately over Blake’s grave. The full inscription on this stone reads as follows:
NEAR BY LIE THE REMAINS OF
THE POET PAINTER
AND OF HIS WIFE
The text of this stone is slightly misleading as it merely states that – nearby lie the remains of William Blake and his wife. A more precise statement would have been “Here Lie The Remains of William Blake” as the memorial stone was originally placed immediately over Blake’s grave. But since Blake’s memorial stone also mentions his wife, who is buried about 70 metres away, the expression nearby has the advantage of including both Blake and his wife. If more words had been used, the situation could have been aptly described by stating, “Here Lie The Remains Of William Blake And Nearby The Remains Of His Wife”. This last statement though not so elegant would have had the merit of being closer to the truth. Unfortunately it is no longer in its original position. In 1965 it was moved to the present location, next to Daniel Defoe’s grave memorial, so that the exact spot of William Blake’s grave is no longer marked today.