Abney Park Cemetery Index

Abney Park Cemetery IndexThose of you who know me well will know that I have an interest in the Magnificent Seven cemeteries that ring London. For the record they are

  • Abney Park
  • Highgate
  • Kensal Green
  • West Norwood
  • Nunhead
  • Brompton
  • Tower Hamlets

There is an article in the latest Your Family History magazine about the cemeteries which gives a brief overview of each cemetery. A couple of years ago I visited Abney Park, it is quite overgrown as it is now run as a nature reserve, but there were plenty of people around who were jogging, walking dogs or sitting in the sun so it didn’t feel too isolated from the real world. I noticed that on a few of the graves there was a small area marked out with stones or wood which had ornaments or bead etc. on them. Most also had fresh flowers on the small patches, enquires later brought forth an explanation that locals who could not afford to have a plot for family ashes chose a site on an existing grave interred the ashes and then had decorated the small plot. I’m not sure if this is true, but if it is then it seems a very practical solution.

Abney Park Cemetery Index

The Abney Park Trust who now care for the cemetery have a website which includes an index for to those buried there. I think the database covers the period 1840 – 1900. The information provided includes

  • Name of deceased
  • Age
  • Address
  • Date of burial
  • Others buried in the grave

Note that the database is hosted on a different website from the official site. Do look at both sites as they are equally interesting. I have put links to the pages discussed below, also there are links to Wikipedia which has a good article on the cemetery and there is a website that seems to be another Name Index for those buried in the cemetery. This second site gives name, burial date, age and details of where the grave is so using the two indexes will give a good overview.

Links

http://www.abney-park.org.uk

http://www.your-familyhistory.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abney_Park_Cemetery

1st Name Index

http://www.devsys.co.uk/ap/

2nd Name Index

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~abneypark/abneyy.html?o_xid=9872&o_lid=9872&o_sch=Affiliate+External&offerid=0%3a694%3a0

 

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