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Abney Park Cemetery, London

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Abney Park cemetery is one of the Magnificent Seven cemeteries in London, England.Abney Park in Stoke Newington, in the London Borough of Hackney, is a historic parkland originally laid out in the early 18th century by Lady Mary Abney and Dr. Isaac Watts, and the neighbouring Hartopp family.In 1840 it became a non-denominational garden cemetery, a semi-public park arboretum, and an educational institute, which was widely celebrated as an example of its time. A total of 196,843 burials had taken place there as of the year 2000. It is a Local Nature Reserve.LocationThe official address of Abney Park is Stoke Newington High Street, N16. The main gate is at the junction of this street and Rectory Road, with a smaller gate on Stoke Newington Church Street. The park lies within the London Borough of Hackney.Past and presentThe cemetery is named after Sir Thomas Abney, who served as Lord Mayor of London in 1700–01. The manor of Stoke Newington belonged to him in the early 18th century and his town house, built in 1676, stood on the site of the present cemetery until its demolition in the 1830s. Details of the Abney Park Cemetery Company can be found in the diaries of William Copeland Astbury (volumes covering 1831–48).
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TripAdvisor
  • We have walked round here quite a few times, best visited in summer as the paths can get really muddy. It's really interesting walking around looking at all the grave stones and statues. 
  • Sorry I am not a dog walker or pleasure visitor to Abney Park, I am a relative of someone who is buried here, and I am disgusted at the state and ongoing neglect of this Cemetery by the so called 'Tru...  more »
  • Who knew you could find a natural reserve in the heart of London? This place is heaven. When I walked in it I just felt like I stepped into another country. Everything is green, beautiful and quiet, a...  more »
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  • Hubris clings to this disintegrating Victorian landscaped graveyard. Now largely overgrown, choked and reclaimed by nature, the edifice crumbling and sepulchral. Palpably evocative, cryptic and potently Gothic. Fascinating and highly recommended.
  • Overgrown Gothic cemetery with lots of ivy and crumbling headstones. Beware of moody art students dressed in black
  • Hauntingly alluring are the words I'd use to describe this place. It's certainly not on the typical tourist attraction agenda, but worth a visit for locals and their guests. The wind was howling and the leafless tree branches were swaying about as we walked through the cemetery. Let your imagination run wild. FYI - This is one of the "Magnificent Seven" cemeteries of London. Don't forget to check out the other six!
  • Good place to escape all the city noise.
  • Scary place. Be aware. When I was there, some one was looking at me dangerous way.