Writers' cemetery gets listed status
Daniel Defoe, who wrote Robinson Crusoe, and John Bunyan, author of Pilgrim's Progress, are among those buried at Bunhill Fields Cemetery in central London.
The poet William Blake is also buried within its walls, although the exact location of his grave is unknown.
The cemetery, in Islington, North London, was established as a nonconformist burial ground in the 1660s and became a public garden in 1869. By the time it was finally declared full and closed in 1853, at least 120,000 people had been interred in the four acres.
It has been given a Grade I entry on the national Register of Parks and Gardens by English Heritage. This means special consent must be applied for to make any changes to the site.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has also given 75 of its tombs separate Grade II listing.
Previously, the entire area was treated as Grade II-listed structure. David Garrard of English Heritage said: "Bunhill Fields has long fascinated historians and romantics and is considered the terra sancta of English Nonconformity. Few places document religious history as vividly."
"With its distinctive atmosphere and impressive monuments the cemetery offers both solace and beauty in the middle of our busy city."
The land for the cemetery was originally leased from St Paul's Cathedral, which had used it as a dumping ground for bones being cleared from the charnel house and tiny burial ground around the church.
So many cartloads of bones were dumped that the land is said to have risen high enough to support a windmill.