Place of rest of the poet William Blake to be marked with a tombstone 191 years after his death

Blake (pictured) was buried in an unnamed grave

The resting place of the poet William Blake will be marked with a tombstone 191 years after his death after amateur detectives traced his exact burial place in London

  • Poet of Jerusalem died in darkness in 1827 and was buried in an unnamed tomb
  • The exact spot in the Bunhill Fields cemetery was rediscovered in 2006
  • Blake fans raised £ 30,000 to pay for a new tombstone that will be released tomorrow

Sebastian Murphy-bates for Mailonline

The exact plot in which the artist and poet William Blake was buried will be marked with a tombstone almost 200 years after his death.

Blake, who wrote the words to the Jerusalem hymn, died in the dark in 1827 and was buried in an unnamed common grave at Bunhill Fields in London.

A memorial stone in the cemetery records that the artist is buried nearby, but the exact location of Blake's last resting place was not rediscovered until 2006.

Blake (pictured) was buried in an unnamed grave

The Blake Society has raised £ 30,000 for this tombstone

The Blake Society has raised £ 30,000 for this tombstone

The poet (left) was buried in a common grave without marking, but will be marked with a tombstone (right) thanks to The Blake Society.

The Blake Society raised £ 30,000 to pay for a new tombstone, which will be presented on Sunday, the 191st anniversary of his death.

Trustee Nick Duncan said: "It is important that we recognize those who have contributed to our cultural heritage, and no creative genius has influenced people in an extraordinary way like William Blake.

"However, almost two centuries after his death, Blake's grave is unmarked – people walk unknowingly, dropping garbage and thinking about other things – finally, the grave will be correctly identified for future generations."

The new monument has been carved in Portland Stone and will feature Blake's quote: "I give you the end of a golden rope / I just roll it into a ball / It will take you to Heaven's Gate / Built on the wall of Jerusalem".

The tombstone will be released tomorrow after The Blake Society raised money to put one in the plot

The tombstone will be released tomorrow after The Blake Society raised money to put one in the plot

The tombstone will be released tomorrow after The Blake Society raised money to put one in the plot

An opening ceremony will take place in the cemetery at 3 p.m., followed by a vigil at dusk during which 191 candles will be placed in the tomb.

The president of the Novelist and Blake Society, Phillip Pullman, the former archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams, the artist Jeremy Deller, the novelist Tracy Chevalier and the comedian Will Franken will speak at the event.

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