Abney Park 175th Anniversary Celebrations

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Abney Park 175th Anniversary Celebrations
© John Mitchell

Stoke Newington's non-denominational garden cemetery is celebrating its birthday with a weekend of free talks, tours and musical performances. Victorian Day (May 16) features an event each hour, most of which focus on the cemetery's illustrious dead. At 11am a walk will take visitors past the graves of Abney's heros, at 1pm there's a talk on the music hall stars who are buried there and at 4pm there'll be a performance of a spooky late Victorian by Arthur Machen that's set in the cemetery. Performances will take place throughout Music Day (May 17); the line-up includes blues, folk opera and freeform urban sax.