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,