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London’s Hidden Gems: Abney Park Cemetery

London’s Hidden Gems: Abney Park Cemetery

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London, it has been said many a time, is full of surprises. By just taking a walk with a camera you can fill a whole day and stumble upon many oddities. With the need to escape the house and get some fresh air we left our little flat in Tottenham and walked down to Stoke Newington. Here we stumbled across Abney Park Cemetery which I’d highly recommend if you’re in the area.

A walk through London can sometime leave you feeling as though you’ve walked into another country. One second you’ll be surrounded by hipster cafés with bearded men sitting in front of their Macbooks, the other you’ll be walking past butchers proudly serving Halal meat. The areas change with each street.

Sometimes you’ll find a hidden gem of a place be it a restaurant, coffee shop or, as in this instance, a cemetery.

Abney Park Cemetery

Abney Park Cemetery

Now bear with me, I’m sure many of you will be wondering how a cemetery is a hidden gem. But if you think about it there are lots of cemeteries that have become tourist attractions.

The graves in Abney Park Cemetery are hundreds of years old, they’re huge and pretty impressive. It reminded me of La Recoleta cemetery in Buenos Aires which also has huge tombs; some of which I’m sure are as big as flats in London.

With cemeteries I like to wander about and find the oldest tombstone. I like to read how old, or young, the people were. I promise it’s not that morbid really.

Abney Park Cemetery

Abney Park Cemetery is also a nature reserve which means there’s plenty of overgrown trees and flowers shouting up to say hello to spring. For two country bumpkins its the perfect escape from London’s fast cars and traffic.

In the middle of the cemetery there’s an old church. I’m unsure as to whether you can technically call it a church. The church was built solely for funeral services and therefore didn’t associate itself with any religious denomination. It’s a shame it’s no longer safe to walk inside. Definitely a building Grand Designs, or something similar, should fix up.

Abney Park Cemetery

Next time you’re in Stoke Newington and want a little escapism then visit Abney Park Cemetery for a stroll and forget the face paced and often stressful nature of our capital.

Jon Fuhrmann

Friday 26th of June 2015

Great find - and right near where I climb, gonna have to check it out avec camera! :)

Lucy

Friday 20th of March 2015

I love finding hidden gems in london, in old street there is bunhills grave yard which has some famous writers william Blake is buried in there Lucy x

Hannah

Monday 23rd of March 2015

Oh wow, never knew about that one! Thats a great hidden gem! x

Dannielle

Friday 20th of March 2015

That church is the most castle like church I've ever seen!

Cathy

Friday 20th of March 2015

What an interesting find! So sad to see such a beautiful church in such disrepair. I do love exploring a cemetry, the names, the epitaphs, the carvings!

Hannah

Friday 20th of March 2015

I love all that too. Some of the tombstones were SO old!

Chloe - New Girl In Toon

Friday 20th of March 2015

Absolutely gorgeous! I'm with you, I love a pretty cemetery - they're so beautiful, eerie, kinda creepy and a great place to go to collect your thoughts!

LOVING your blog at the moment Mrs .. enjoying so many posts :)

x

Hannah

Friday 20th of March 2015

Aw thank you Chloe! That's put a massive smile on my face :) xx