Abney Park Cemetery, London
Categories: Cemeteries, Tourist Spots
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).Make Abney Park Cemetery part of your personalized London itinerary using our London itinerary planner.
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I spent a very happy hour wandering around , sheltering from sporadic heavy rain which added to the atmosphere . A wonderful spot , so quiet even with other people running dog walking etc . My favouri... read more »
Despite previously having lived in Stoke Newington for over ten years, I never got around to visiting. It was always on my list as visiting churches, cathedrals and graveyards is one of my passions. S... read more »
Wer den Highgate Friedhof kennt, wird auch diesen Friedhof mögen. Er ist noch verwildeter als der Highgate aber das macht das Flair aus. Es scheint fast so, als ob dieser Friedhof von der Welt völlig ... read more »Anyone who knows the Highgate Cemetery, is like also this cemetery. He is still verwildeter as the Highgate but this constitutes the flair. It almost seems as if this cemetery was completely forgotten by the world. For photographers, Abney cemetery offers plenty of worthwhile photographs. But so is well worth a stroll through the Park. However, in bad weather, you should have good shoes. The paths can be very muddy. In addition, a large part of the way is not really held level, so you should pay attention to his steps. I read in other reviews that the Park is visited also by homeless people, etc.. This was not the case during our visit. Maybe something was done, however, but at least you should expect something. The small chapel in the middle of the Park is currently under renovation and is therefore completely surrounded with embroidering. All in all a worthwhile trip for photographers and visitors with a romantic vein ;-).show original
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!
A beautiful (protected) cemetery park off the main tourist path of London. Check out the old derelict church in the middle, and famous people buried here (imagine a run down Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris). This place is beautiful, atmospheric, and can be combined with a walk along the canal from East London to Springfield park (see if you can spot the North London Mosque built in to the terrace houses on Cazenove Road near the Orthodox Jewish area)
Scary place. Be aware. When I was there, some one was looking at me dangerous way.
Lovely quiet place. Go there on a nice day to enjoy a great walk!
M. Rosario Hernández Cañás
Amazing and peaceful place! It's a must see for everyone that comes to London!!
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