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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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  • 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.
  • 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...
  • My favourite cementery in london. All the best artists are here. There is a free guide tour some times that explain the hard live that they had to live
  • I love the cemetery- it's like you've time travelled the second you walk through the gate. Moss and ivy and fallen angels. All the Victorian monuments are just incredible.
  • SIxty years ago when I was just 4 my Mum gave birth to a still born baby. In those days they took the baby away immediately. No time to cuddle the baby lost, no time to see the baby, to say goodbye, to grieve. My Mum has carried that silent heartbreak. She doubted did she hear the baby cry, did the baby die, was the baby taken for experiments as my Mum had rare blood and the cause of the baby not surviving. In her dreams and life churning these doubts over. When my Father passed away amongst his paperwork we found the receipt for the babies burial, just a £1. I had tried to find where the baby had been layed to rest but with no luck. Now my Mum approaching 84 I thought I woukd try one last time. I called Abney Park Cemetery as the baby had been born in the now demolished Mothers Hospital. At the end of the telephone line was the most carrying, kind, interested man called John. Unbelievably he said he felt he could help us find the baby. He found the baby in the records. Then he walked around the cemetery until he found our baby Not even a head stone but he found her. What an incredibly beautiful thing to do for my Mum. John met us at the gate of the cemetery and took us to the little grave where my Mum found peace in her heart. We now have a place to go to honour our baby. We have named a star after her. Gratitude is not enough to express how we feel about the kindness of John and how beautiful the resting place is for the baby Abney Park Cemetery.

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