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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 up to 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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  • We visited here to see the grave of James Braidwood, who founded the world's first municipal fire service and died fighting a huge fire in London. Found the grave easily (there is a map on a board nea...  more »
  • On 1st glance many of the nature notes look to be duplicates but in fact on my cursory review, all the notes are unique and specific to the area close to where the notes are located. The text is fasci...  more »
  • all the dog mess. Sitting on a bench and it's all you can smell. Hard to let children run around without them stepping in it all!  more »
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  • Every time I visit it again reinforces why it's one of my favourite places in London. Right in the middle of bustling Stoke Newington, stepping into this cemetery is like stepping back in time and place - it doesn't feel like central London at all. It features amazing gothic tombstones, a church and some great off the beaten tracks for walking. Be warned - the creep factor is high - but so worth it.
  • Very interesting and had a most informative few hours there Worth a visit
  • Suddenly you find yourself in a wonderful wooded luscious green timeless wonderland of nature, where wildlife are able to live as they should, nestled in this historical metropolis. A peaceful stroll among the tombstones, in fact so peaceful that I have noticed down & outs gathering there and sitting by the catacombs where there is shelter for a piss up. etc...
  • Beautiful place to stroll through. Reading the wobbly old headstones gives our neighborhoods lots of roots.
  • An oasis of calm in the bustling and wonderful Stoke Newington - it's literally another world, filled with memories and surprises around each corner

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