Abney is one of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ nineteenth-century London cemeteries. People such as Joanna Vassa, daughter of the anti-slavery campaigner Olauda Equiana and the Chartist Bronterre O’Brien are buried here. Unlike others of the seven, such as Highgate and Kensal Green, Abney was non-denominational and popular with nonconformists and radicals.
Burials had more or less finished by the late 1970s when the cemetery was taken over by the local authority and developed as a woodland nature reserve while retaining and respecting the many fine Victorian and Edwardian monuments. Working closely with local experts, acta prepared a conservation plan that reconciled heritage and nature conservation objectives and formed the basis of a successful first stage bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Client - London Borough of Hackney