Thursday 4 April 2024

Abney Park Cemetery on Tuesday 16th April 2024

Our next outing is to Abney Park Cemetery. 

Meet at 11am on Tuesday 16th April at the Stoke Newington Church Street entrance, not the High Street entrance. The 73, 476 and 393 buses all run along Church Street. The main entrance is on the High Street, but this is more difficult for most of us to get to. This entrance is served by the 67, 76, 106, 149, 243, 276 393 and 476 buses and is a short walk through the cemetery to the Church Street entrance. The 106 goes from Finsbury Park and the 393 from Highbury and Islington undergrounds.

The address is Abney Park Cemetery Trust, 215 Stoke Newington High Street, N16 0LH.

More about the cemetery can be found on their website including some very informative videos. The cemetery was originally an arboretum for two big houses and then became one of London's Magnificent Seven Victorian cemeteries. There are some rare trees and a lot of greenery. Stoke Newington has a tradition of non-conformism, which is reflected in the burials. One of the grandest tombs is that of General Booth of the Salvation Army. The lion tomb is that of a circus entertainer.

The cemetery has recently been 'refurbed'. The unkempt and charming undergrowth has been tamed but not obliterated. Unfortunately the chapel is not open to the public but there is often a glimpse of the interior for the determined. But plenty of ornate tombs with angels and trees.

The visitor centre is currently closed, so sorry no loos. There are plenty of cafes and pubs on Church Street.

Janet's phone number for the day is 07815 772857. Pics to for posting on the blog.

Our great little exhibition at the Roundhouse has now been taken down. Thank you to all who helped and participated. Three artists sold work. They were Sue Lees, Daniel Lloyd Morgan and Audrey Rapier, which is good as there were only 8 of us and also no formal stewarding. 

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