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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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  • This was my second visit to Abney Cemetery. The chapel in the middle of the park has been tidied up since my last visit but still not able to enter. Free entrance is always a bonus, and I love the ove...  more »
  • It may seem strange to say that a cemetery can be beautiful or even calming , but it's fair to say that this place is; there are acres of gravestones ; monuments with greenery taking over everywhere ;...  more »
  • The main entrance to Abney Park is on the main bustling High Street of Stoke Newington, as you set foot inside you loose the bustle of the High Street and enter a world of Calm and Victorian charm. Fu...  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.