The Magnificent Seven: Tower Hamlets, Abney Park, and Highgate
In 1832 Parliament passed a bill encouraging the establishment of private cemeteries outside London. The population had rapidly grown and graveyards were becoming overcrowded. Over the next decade seven private cemeteries were established and in 1981 the architectural historian Hugh Meller dubbed the group of cemeteries "The Magnificent Seven" after the 1960 western film of the same name. Today's walk linked three of the seven cemeteries - Tower Hamlets, Abney Park and Highgate.
Just remember... "They are fast. Faster than you can believe. Don't turn your back, don't look away, and DON'T blink". Happy Halloween!
Distance: around 12 miles.
Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park is a closed, historic cemetery located in the East End of London. The cemetery opened in 1841 and closed for burials in 1966. It is now a nature reserve, and other land has been added to the park, including "Scrapyard Meadow". It was originally named The City of London and Tower Hamlets Cemetery but was called Bow Cemetery by locals.
Abney Park is a historic parkland originally laid out in the early 18th century by Lady Mary Abney and Dr. Isaac Watts, and the neighbouring Hartopp family. In 1840 it became a non-denominational garden cemetery, a semi-public park arboretum, and an educational institute, which was widely celebrated as an example of its time. A total of 196,843 burials had taken place there as of the year 2000. It is a Local Nature Reserve.
Highgate is designated Grade I on the Historic England Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England. It is divided into two parts, named the East and West cemetery. There are approximately 170,000 people buried in around 53,000 graves at Highgate Cemetery. Highgate Cemetery is notable both for some of the people buried there as well as for its de facto status as a nature reserve.