Abney 175 - Victorian Day

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Abney 175 - Victorian Day

Time: May 16, 2015 from 10am to 5pm
Location: Abney Park Cemetery
Street: Stoke Newington High Street
City/Town: Hackney
Website or Map: http://www.abneypark.org/news…
Event Type: biodiversity, abney, history, politics
Organized By: Abney Park User Group et al
Latest Activity: May 12, 2015

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Abney is 175. Week of Celebrations.
SATURDAY 16 May
10am-4pm FREE guided walks - about 50 mins long

Meet inside Main gates on Stoke Newington High St.
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.
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.

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