HE HAS lain in an unmarked grave for nearly 200 years, but today poet William Blake was due to be given a headstone, marking the spot where he was buried.
One of the nation’s fi nest writers, Blake, who wrote the words to the hymn Jerusalem with its reference to England’s “green and pleasant land”, died in obscurity in 1827.
He was buried in an unmarked grave in litter-strewn Bunhill Fields, London.
A memorial stone in the cemetery records that the artist is buried nearby, but the exact site of Blake’s final resting place was only discovered in 2006.
The Blake Society has since raised £30,000 to pay for a new headstone, which was due to be unveiled today on the 191st anniversary of his death.
Trustee Nick Duncan said: “It matters that we recognise those who have contributed to our cultural heritage.