Abney Park Cemetery
Abney Park Cemetery information
Lonely Planet review
This magical place was bought and developed by a private firm in 1840 to provide burial grounds for central London’s overflow. It was a dissenters (ie non-Church of England) cemetery and many of the most influential Presbyterians, Quakers and Baptists are buried here, including the Salvation Army founder, William Booth.
Since the 1950s the cemetery has been left to fend for itself and, these days, is as much a bird and plant sanctuary, a gay cruising ground and a hang-out for some of Hackney’s least salubrious drug users, as a delightfully overgrown ruin. The derelict chapel at its centre could be right out of a horror film, and the atmosphere of the whole place is nothing short of magical.