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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
26th May 1966 Actress Helena Bonham Carter born in Golders Green, London.
26th May 1951 Vaughan Williams Pilgrim's Progress, premieres in London
26th May 1942 Anglo-Soviet Treaty signed in London
26th May 1906 The current Vauxhall bridge was officially opened by the Prince of Wales.
26th May 1893 Born today: Eugene Goossens, London England, conductor/composer (Perseus)
26th May 1839 The first burial in newly-opened Highgate Cemetery.
Famous residents and award-winning films can be found here
Location: 38 City Road, EC1
Description: 'Bunhill Fields Burial Ground' is about 4 hectares (10 acres) in extent, although historically was much larger.
It was used as a burial site for Nonconformists from the late 17th century until the middle of the 19th century and contains the graves of many notable people.
In 1852 the Burial Act was passed which enabled places such as Bunhill Fields to be closed once they became full. Its Order for closure was made in December 1853 and the final burial (Elizabeth Howell Oliver) took place on January 5, 1854. By this date approximately 120,000 interments had taken place.
Daniel De-Foe (author of Robinson Crusoe and Moll Flanders) and mystic poet and painter William Blake.
With such a history its the perfect location for films, filming and cinema... and so to Stephen Frears 'Dirty Pretty Things' - it was in this picturesque cemetery in which Okwe (Chiwetel Ejiofor) reveals to Senay (Audrey Tautou) that he's married.
Dirty Pretty Things is a 2002 film directed by Stephen Frears and written by Steven Knight, a drama about two illegal immigrants in London. It was produced by the Celador Films production company.