Abney Park Cemetery

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In my endeavor to photograph subject matters other than aeroplanes, yes I am seeking help for that, I had a visit to Abney Park Cemetery which is just a short walk from Stoke Newington Overground station and is one of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ garden cemeteries of London, which were large private cemeteries established in the 19th century to alleviate overcrowding in existing parish church burial grounds. It is now a woodland memorial park and local nature reserve and more or less central in the cemetery is the oldest surviving non-denominational chapel in Europe. There are tree lined boulevards with plinths and monoliths and funeral statuary lining them leading to and from the chapel off which there are grave lined footpaths off which there are overgrown tracks if you want to delve further into the undergrowth. There are about 200,000+ residents resting in the 31 acres of the park with some of the great and the good of the 19th century buried there along with more modern Commonwealth Memorial graves from the First and Second World Wars. The most famous plot would be that of William and Catherine Booth, founders of the Salvation Army along with other prominent members of the SA buried there as well. You can't read all the inscriptions on all the memorials but as you scan them as you walk past, certain words or phrases tend to jump out like Mr SAMUEL BATEMAN - A very old inhabitant of Saint Leonard Shoreditch who departed this life July 30th 1845 in the 73rd year of his life. His wife SARA died in the 84th year of her life. Then there are the more poignant ones like ELIZABETH wife of John Packwood who died July 17th 1869 aged 23 years and below that is Also infant son of the above who died July 27th 1869 aged 21 days. Although the park is a bit overgrown, I will have to go back in the autumn when the greenery has gone, there were a lot of the locals using the park for taking children for walks, joggers, dog walkers or people just sitting on the benches talking or reading and I would like to say it's a calm, peaceful, tranquil place to visit. I'd like to say that but it's under the flight path to Heathrow and airliners are passing over every few minutes. Only scary thing in the park was coming across Agnes. http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y200/penpusher/13%202015/02%20Miscellaneous/15%20Abney/01.jpg~original http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y200/penpusher/13%202015/02%20Miscellaneous/15%20Abney/02.jpg~original http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y200/penpusher/13%202015/02%20Miscellaneous/15%20Abney/03.jpg~original http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y200/penpusher/13%202015/02%20Miscellaneous/15%20Abney/04.jpg~original http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y200/penpusher/13%202015/02%20Miscellaneous/15%20Abney/05.jpg~original http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y200/penpusher/13%202015/02%20Miscellaneous/15%20Abney/06.jpg~original http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y200/penpusher/13%202015/02%20Miscellaneous/15%20Abney/07.jpg~original http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y200/penpusher/13%202015/02%20Miscellaneous/15%20Abney/08.jpg~original http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y200/penpusher/13%202015/02%20Miscellaneous/15%20Abney/09.jpg~original http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y200/penpusher/13%202015/02%20Miscellaneous/15%20Abney/10.jpg~original http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y200/penpusher/13%202015/02%20Miscellaneous/15%20Abney/11.jpg~original http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y200/penpusher/13%202015/02%20Miscellaneous/15%20Abney/12.jpg~original Brian
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