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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.
The 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.
The 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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  • One of these English cemeteries where you meet jogueurs, nannies and walkers. Mysterious - beautiful.
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  • It’s amazing how neglect can transform this Gothic graveyard into such an intriguing place. Nature has really taken over and I love the modern ‘gravestones ‘ to fallen trees! Well worth a visit.  more »
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  • A wonderful hidden gem! A cemetery that feels full of life and wilderness, great for a stroll off the busy stokey! Highly recommended if you want a place to relax, walk or play games
  • One of the most sumptuously atmospheric and aesthetically pleasing cemeteries ever developed. More like walking through a forested gothic art gallery. Named after Sir Thomas Abney whose house once stood here. Abney was a leading nonconformist and Mayor of London 1700 - 1701.His house-mate for 30yrs was Dr Isaac Watts the hymn writer. A monument to Watts stands where the house once stood. 30acres opened 1840, was refused consecration as over 30percent buried were dissenters. The Egyptian lodges, entrance gates and gothic Chapel were designed by William Hoskins. In 1843 it was described as "One of the most complete arboretums in the neighbourhood of London". William Booth founder of the Salvation Army is one of it's many residents. Take a picnic and a camera! Nearest tube is Stoke Newington
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