Abney 175 - Walk n Talk All About Abney

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Abney 175 - Walk n Talk All About Abney

Time: May 10, 2015 from 10am to 4pm
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 7, 2015

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Abney is 175. Week of Celebrations starts with a series of walks and talks about various aspects of this amazing site.
10am-4pm FREE guided walks - about 50 mins long

Meet inside Main gates on Stoke Newington High St.
10am GRAVES - Upturned torches, shaking hands, beehives, broken columns – why are they on tombs and what do they mean? Abney Park Trust visitor manager John Baldock will explain on a tour of some of the most important and touching graves and listed monuments in the cemetery.
11am 175 yr old TREES - Abney was laid out in 1840 by the famous Loddiges of Hackney with 2,500 types of tree. Come and discover those that remain with Russell Miller of the Tree Musketeers.
12 noon History Have you ever wondered why Abney's gates are Egyptian? Did you know that the whole site is unconsecrated land? Is Oliver Cromwell really buried here? Alan Gartrell will explain why the cemetery is where it is and why it is so important to to radical, non-conformist Hackney.
1 pm Radicals - Jeremy Corbyn, MP for Islington North since 1983, and member of the Stop the War coalition will revive the traditional Bronterre O'Brien Graveside Address. O'Brien struggled and suffered for universal suffrage and parliamentary reform and was a member of the Stop the War League during the Crimean War.
2pm Simon Cole of Hackney Tours will lead a walk and discuss the radical heritage of the women of Hackney – Feminist (or is it?)
3pm Ecology Abney is an important green lung and nature reserve for London. Russell Miller will discuss its ecological importance.

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