Abney Park Cemetery Index 2005

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History

Abney Park Cemetery extends over some 32 acres on a north-facing slope running down from an ancient ridgeway track-now Stoke Newington Church Street-to the course of the Hackey Brook, a stream which originally ran from two sources in Holloway to the River Lea in central Hackney.

In the early part of the nineteenth century the population of London began to grow, and the built-up area extended in all directions from from the ancient foundations of the City and Westminster. The tiny church burial grounds could no longer cope, and several commercial cemetery companies opened large new burial grounds in a ring a few miles from old London. The Abney Park Cemetery Company opened its first venture-Abney Park-in May 1840

Abney Park was unusual at the time in that it was expressly a place for Non-Conformists (ie persons who rejected the ceremonial and liturgy of the Church of England, instead worshipping in Methodist, Baptist, Congregationalists, Wesleyan and other chapels; the Quakers and Salvationists are similar groups), many of whom lived in the area.

This website

This website has been primarily developed in order to allow the public to access the wealth of family history data that a cemetery of this size obviously possesses. To date, very few cemeteries of this size and age have made such data available to the public we hope this will change in the future.

This site can aid family research by more than just providing names and dates from grave stones, it can also put you in touch with other people who are interested in the same graves as the ones you are looking at. This may be a distant family member or a student writing a thesis, both can leave an email address or website link as well as a comment on graves of mutual interest. For this reason, some of the more advanced features require registration.

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