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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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  • Abney Park is one of the ‘magnificent seven’ garden cemeteries of London, a woodland memorial park and Local Nature Reserve. This fictious place situated in the middle of a busy road. When you will st...  more »
  • One of the "magnificent seven" from London. Not suitable for tourists novice but for those who enjoy of London and its "mysteries". The cemetery is a park with thousands of species Centennial botanical (identified with its origin, characteristics, planting date,...), even residents of the area used it to take a walk (they or their dogs). The dirt roads that crisscross it offer images and spectacular sensations. I recommend visiting it, like me, early in the winter, the atmosphere is unique and cold helps... Access is simple. Simply go Metro to Finsbury Park (Victoria Line), and at the door take the 103 bus stop Stoke Newington High St, that leaves you 50 meters from the entrance. As counterpoint and for whom purchases and "clarks" shoes likes (or for guests who don't want to see the cemetery), can approach walk from the street seven sisters st metro station (leaving the metro right) and find 500 m an outlet of the trade mark. Full morning!.
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  • 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.  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.