Abney Park is 175!
Come help us celebrate!
13 May, 5am-approx 7am
Reserve your spot on the walk here
Meet at the Stoke Newington High Street entranceCome and listen to Abney Park’s magical dawn chorus, as part of Abney’s 175th birthday celebrations. We’re offering a select group the chance to visit Abney before dawn, in the company of bird expert Andrew Peel, of the RSPB and Marylebone Birdwatching Society.
Please bring binoculars if you have them.
Dress appropriately for the weather and temperature and for walking on uneven ground.
This walk is unsuitable for children 10 or under, or anyone who has difficulty negotiating the sometimes uneven terrain of the park (uneven ground, overgrown ground, possible slipping and tripping risks).
Abney in Books
14 May, 7-9pm. £5 (ticket price includes glass of wine)
Stoke Newington Bookshop, 159 Stoke Newington High Street
Authors inspired by Abney Park discuss the appeal and power of cemeteries from their different viewpoints. Ann Treneman is the Times Parliamentary sketch writer and has written Finding the Plot, a tour of fascinating graves around the UK. Local author Lee Jackson explores the insalubrious side of London in his latest book Dirty Old London. John Turpin sets Abney in its context in The Magnificent Seven.
Tickets from the Abney Park Visitors Centre and Stoke Newington Bookshop *Please note, unfortunately Catharine Arnold will no longer be participating due to illness.
16 May, 10am-5pm
This should more properly be called ‘The ‘Long 19th Century, 1789-1914 Day’ really but won’t fit on the poster. Find out more about Abney’s history in its heyday and the stories of its illustrious dead.
10am John Baldock will take a tour around some of Abney’s famous graves. Who was Bostock and why is there a lion on his monument? Why is Dr Watts’ statue in the cemetery? What is Abney’s connection with the Salvation Army?
11am Alan Gartrell leads a walk highlighting the heroes of Abney – from leading antislavery campaigners to men who fought at Trafalgar and Balaklava, as well as suffragettes, medical researchers and brave firefighters and police. Learn all about the Tottenham Outrage of 1909.
12 noon Death Cafe – a chance to get together to discuss death and make the most of our (in)finite lives. deathcafe.com/deathcafe/1964/
1pm George Leybourne (Champagne Charlie), Albert Chevalier (My Old Dutch) and Nelly Power (for whom The Boy I love is up in the Gallery was written) are all buried in Abney Park Cemetery. The Music Hall Guild of Great Britain and America introduces the many music hall artistes at rest here.
2pm Half a million mourners, 40 brass bands, the streets filled with people from the City to Abney Park – the various funerals of the Booth family members, founders of the Salvation Army, were the biggest ever seen at Abney Park. Gordon Taylor tells all about them in the Army’s 150th anniversary year.
3pm The Chartists were seen as dangerous revolutionaries in the early 19th century, but now almost all of their political reforms have been adopted and are seen as commonplace. Russell Miller will talk about the history of the Chartists, their trials and their links with Abney Park.
4pm Arthur Machen, late Victorian author and mystic, wrote a powerful and disturbing story, N, about glimpsing the infinite in Stoke Newington. Robert Kingham of renowned London psychogeographers, Minimum Labyrinth, performs this work.
17 May, 12-5pm
Laidback music and choirs entertain visitors and celebrate Abney’s musical heritage. John Hegley heads the line up, which includes the Elastic Band, Alessandra and the Bluesmice, the Tone Singers and Hacapella.
1.30pm The Elastic Band
2.30pm Alessandra and the Bluesmice
4pm John Hegley and friend
4.30pm Chance Kellner and Folk Opera
and freeform urban sax where you least expect it.Plus amazing Indian street food from Lalita’s.