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The Magnificent Seven: #3, Abney Park Cemetery [20120102|20:15]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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[with a hint of |Amy Winehouse - You Know I'm No Good]

To reach the Egyptian Revivalist entrance to Abney Park, exit Stoke Newington overground station, turn right and walk 200 metres. Then brace yourself, because the inside's an absolute stunner. You'll have the choice of two paths. Pick the left if you want to withhold yourself from the immediate pleasure of discovering its centrepiece: the disused nonconformist gothic chapel designed by William Hosking. It fully compensates for the rather unattractive entrance, which he also designed. All the windows are shattered, with little fragments of coloured glass clinging to the frames, but otherwise it's in remarkably good condition.

Certain of my friends will be interested to learn that Abney Park was Europe's first fully nondenominational cemetery, which goes some way to explain the wildly divergent styles of grave markers evidenced here. Certain other friends will be interested to know that parts of Amy Winehouse's Back to Black video were filmed in the park. You can see the chapel behind her repeatedly in the burial scene.

















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[User Picture]From: slutbunwalla
2012-01-02 23:51 (UTC)
that first shot...can I maybe make an icon out of it? PLEEEEZE???
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-01-03 20:10 (UTC)
Yes! Please to give credit if you do?
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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2012-01-03 14:02 (UTC)
Beautiful photos as usual! Makes me want to visit!
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[User Picture]From: sanat
2012-01-03 16:50 (UTC)
Ditto this!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-01-03 20:06 (UTC)
It alone would be worth a trip to London from within the UK, for sure. But I think you might want to do at least one other touristy thing if coming from further away. ;)
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[User Picture]From: impix
2012-01-03 16:50 (UTC)
I love it here, and it's only 15 mins on the bus from me! I wish I knew you had been there. xx
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-01-03 20:05 (UTC)
I only had about 45 minutes to dash around the place and it started raining just as I was leaving. I'll make another, more leisurely visit soon - and give you some advance warning of that!
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[User Picture]From: impix
2012-01-03 20:38 (UTC)
Heh, forgiven ;) there are so many lovely places to eat as well, so very much worth another trip! You and the bloke are welcome aboard the good ship anytime. Xx
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