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AFTER DARK CEMETERY TOUR - Abney Park, Stoke Newington

Get out your torches and outdoor gear, we are heading back into Abney Park Cemetery after dark for a spooky night tour of the magnificent burial ground.

Our previous tour of the cemetery sold out so we're doing it again for those who missed out!

Abney Park is one of the "Big Seven" cemeteries in London (the others including Highgate, Brompton, Kensal Green etc!) Started in 1840, the cemetery is still active with almost 200,000 people buired there since 2000.

We'll meet at the main gates at Stoke Newington Main Street at 7.30pm and have a two-hour tour of the grounds.

Guide John Baldock will guide us through the cemetery at night and tell us about its history and its residents! Some of the tales will include:

*The Egyptian designed pillars at the main entrance…The historic associations with the Egyptian tombs of the Pharaohs and life after death, rendered the style particularly appropriate to the art of funerary design…the hieroglyphs upon the south lodge read 'Abode of the Mortal Part of Man'

*We’ll be visiting William Booth’s grave, founder of the Salvation Army as well as few other eminent people, also through relatives who search for their ancestors grave we find out some very interesting personal stories…The X-ray Martyr, The Inventor of time-lock and fireproof safes, Tommy Hall the cyclist…

*Sir Isaac Watts’s (Father of Hymnody) connection with Abney Park and Lady Abney…We’ll visit Sir Isaac Watts’s mound were he wrote some of his hymns.

*The derelict gothic Chapel designed by William Hoskings, the oldest non-denominational chapel in Europe that’s still standing.

*A general history of the cemetery through to its current importance as listed nature reserve, memorial and public park as well as the community work that Abney Park Trust does as a charity.

Cost is £8 and you are asked to bring a torch and appropriate clothing and footwear for walking through a park at night.

Email me if you have any questions,


David Saunderson


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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a great night, so thanks for organising it, David. My feet were like ice by the end but it was worth it...such an unique way of learning about an amazing part of London. More please!

    1 · January 27, 2014

    • David S.

      Hi Wayne - hope your feet have defrosted! What other kind of "more" would you like - more cemeteries at night or cemeteries in general? Getting cemeteries at night is incredibly difficult that is why we were so lucky with Abney Park. I'm planning another Abney Park in the spring - maybe even summer so we can experience it in less muddy conditions! :) cheers ds

      January 27, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      My feet are fine now, thanks! More cemetery tours in general would be great, don't have to be at night. London has some great Dead Zones, some of which I've wandered around by myself, but it would be cool to have someone to show us around and relate some of the stories related to such places. We used to have picnics in Sydney's Rookwood Cemetery, in the gardens of the crematorium. Lovely on a nice sunny day :)

      January 28, 2014

  • David S.

    Hope you all had a great time and the weather held out for you. We will do it again in better weather - probably spring :)

    January 25, 2014

    • Nick M.

      ok no problems but will you do this cemetary at night again or will it be a different cemetary thanks

      1 · January 26, 2014

    • David S.

      It will be the same cemetery - but we will do others as well :)

      January 26, 2014

  • Nick M.

    sorry i couldnt make it - i hope to make it next time - i have to work sunday and get up very early.....sorry

    January 25, 2014

    • David S.

      Sorry you couldn't make it - hope to see you next time - cheers ds

      January 25, 2014

  • Johanna

    Hi is there no places left? :(

    January 25, 2014

    • David S.

      Sorry Johanna, by the time I got your message it was too late. We will do the tour again in Spring. cheers ds

      January 25, 2014

  • Nick M.

    ive paid the 8 pounds but is there an annual fee! im coming anyway

    January 25, 2014

    • David S.

      There is no annual fee for London Haunts and Horrors. The annual fee is for another meetup group called Spooky London. You'e paid the correct fee of £8 for this event - look forward to seeing you tonight.

      January 25, 2014

  • Willow Rose B.

    I already have paid membership how do I rsvp without paying again? Xxx

    January 19, 2014

    • David S.

      Sorry, the Abney Park event is not a Spooky London event. It is London Haunts and Horrors. It was organised before we set up the new Spooky London meetup and we have to pay the tour guide separately. Unless the event is down on Spooky London meetup, it is not included in £12 annual fee. Everything else will be, just not this one unfortunately. If you wish to go, you will have to pay the £8. Sorry about the misunderstanding. Cheers David

      January 20, 2014

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