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Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park information
Opened in 1841 this 13-hectare cemetery was the last of the ‘Magnificent Seven’, then-suburban cemeteries – including Highgate and Stoke Newington’s Abney Park – created by an act of Parliament in response to London’s rapid population growth and overcrowded burial grounds.
Some 270,000 souls were laid to rest here until the cemetery was closed for burials in 1966 and turned into a park and local nature reserve in 2001. Today it is a quiet, restful site, its Victorian monuments slowly being consumed by vines. There are usually two-hour guided tours at 2pm on the third Sunday of the month.