TQ3386 : Detail of the chapel in Abney Park Cemetery

taken 6 years ago, near to Stoke Newington, Hackney, Great Britain

Detail of the chapel in Abney Park Cemetery
Detail of the chapel in Abney Park Cemetery
Abney Park was originally laid out in the early 18th century by Lady Mary Abney and Dr. Isaac Watts, and the neighbouring Hartopp family. In 1840 it became a non-denominational garden cemetery, a semi-public park arboretum, and an educational institute. Abney Park Cemetery was the first cemetery to become an arboretum, housing more than 2,500 trees and shrubs from around the world.
The opening ceremony of Abney Park Cemetery was on 20th May 1840 and at the same time the first foundation stone of the chapel was laid. Central to the design of the cemetery, the chapel is the oldest non-denominational chapel in Europe. The chapel has a single interdenominational cell and one covered horse carriage entrance - this can be seen here. The steeple standing at 120 feet was designed to be the tallest in the district at that time. The Abney Park chapel is Grade II listed and has been closed for many years due to fire damage and vandalism. The chapel is recognised to be one of the most important buildings at risk in London.
Abney Park is one of the Magnificent Seven London cemeteries. A total number of 196,843 burials took place here as of the year 2000. In 1978, apart from one forecourt building, the cemetery passed to the London Borough of Hackney as a burial ground and open space. It is now a Local Nature Reserve.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 19 June, 2013   (more nearby)
Thursday, 20 June, 2013
Geographical Context
Burial ground, Crematorium 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3336 8680 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:33.8590N 0:4.6439W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3337 8679
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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