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Formerly one of the 'magnificent seven' garden cemeteries of London, Abney Park is now a woodland and local nature reserve.

Located in Stoke Newington, the cemetery was originally built to alleviate the scandal of overcrowded graveyards in the capital. Those buried here include the founders of The Salvation Army, William and Katherine Booth.

The park was created in 1840 from the estates of Fleetwood House and Abney House, which had been the home of renowned non-conformist Isaac Watts, which led to Abney Park becoming the foremost burial ground for Dissenters, who practised their religion outside the established church. It had a non-denominational chapel, that was open to all, regardless of their religion.

No longer a working cemetery, Abney Park is now a site of metropolitan importance for biodiversity. It's one of London's most central woodlands and an important site for deadwood invertebrates and fungi.

The cemetery was designated a local nature reserve in 1993 and has a visitor centre. It features an impressive collection of trees that are a haven for birds, butterflies and a wide range of other insects.

The Abney Park Trust runs activities at the site including workshops for adults and children, guided walks and practical volunteering opportunities.

The N16 graveyard has also served as a backdrop for many film, TV and video shoots, including Amy Winehouse's 'Back to Black' video.




Stoke Newington High Street


N16 0LH


United Kingdom

Phone: 020 8356 3000



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Opening hours
Mon-Sun: 8am till dusk

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