Abney Park Cemetery

Firstly, apologies for the delay in posting this! No excuse, but the week has been a busy one with preparations for our engagement party this weekend and I have managed to cram in a lot apart from writing a blog post from the weekend. Secondly, another apologies that this will be a largely photo based post with a lack of words (some of you may prefer this!).

Thirdly, I cannot recommend visiting Abney Park any more highly. It is a wonderful place, a nature reserve packed full of graves and history. What more could you possibly want? If this sounds right up your street then head over to the website and check out one of their tours. The tour that Laura D and I attended was organised by the Old Operating Theatre as the start of their summer of events. It was hosted by Romany Reagan and Samantha Perrin also known as the Doyennes of Death.

Here are some photos I took on the day, if you would like to know more please check out the links provided or feel free to ask questions! Abney is the fourth of the Magnificent Seven we have visited this year and we have just planned the fifth visit coming up in May.

The Egyptian gates facing the high street

Looking from the gates into the cemetery

There was some temporary dog kidnapping…

Tour group assembled!

Much of the way is paths like this or smaller

William & Catherine Booth founders of the Salvation Army

Looking through the chapel gates to outside

Inside the chapel which is undergoing restoration

We all know I can’t resist an arty photo!

The tour we attended focused on some of the famous and wonderful woman who were laid to rest in Abney Park. I didn’t want to mention each one and steal the tour material, but it was a fascinating leap back in time to aeronauts, performers and some really pioneering people.

I was most enthralled by a project taking place at Abney Park to map and note all of the graves that are there. Painstaking work by volunteers to uncover and name all the plots there is ongoing and I am sorely tempted to give up some time to help out. I will let you all know if anything comes of this.

In the meantime, apologies again for the rushed post. Thank you for checking out my blog and I will provide an update on work at the end of the week!

MG x

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