Join fellow Friends on a guided tour of this atmospheric cemetery, which was created in 1840 as one of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ private cemeteries.
Abney Park is one of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ cemeteries, originally built to cope with London’s rapid population growth in the middle of the 19th century. From the start, the cemetery was laid out as an arboretum with 2,500 varieties of plants. Special features to be seen on our tour include the impressive Egyptian Revival Entrance arch and the derelict gothic chapel designed by William Hosking FSA (1800-1861), which is the oldest non-denominational chapel still standing in Europe.
Abney Park was the first London cemetery to be invited to join the Association of Significant Cemeteries in Europe, but in the 1970s the company managing Abney Park went into administration and the site fell into disrepair. Now managed by the Abney Park Trust, the cemetery hosts an abundance of wildlife living in the managed wilderness spaces of the original arboretum, with a wide variety of tree and plant species still growing there.
● Fully booked
Thursday 19 July 2018
11am — 1pm
Main entrance to Abney Park Cemetery, 215 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 0LH
£26. Includes coffee, tea and biscuits.