Thursday, 3 March 2011

Abney Park cemetery

I was enjoying a quiet morning in the British Museum's Paul Hamlyn Library when I came across the tome The Egyptian Revival; Ancient Egypt as the Inspiration for Design Motifs in the West by James Stevens Curl (Google books link here).

In it I found a passage about Abney Park Cemetery in North London. I used to live nearby and have some wonderful snaps of the Egyptianised gates. Here is what the book has to say about the place:

The second instance when Egyptian forms were used by a cemetery-company in England was at Abney Park cemetery, Stoke Newington in 1840, when Professor William Hoskings (1800-61) and Joseph Bonomi Jr. created created impressively solid-looking stone gate-lodges in a convincing and scholarly Egyptianising style complete with hieroglyphic inscription informing those able to decipher it that these were 'the gates of the abode of the mortal part of Man'; even the cast-iron gates incorporated correct Egyptianising motifs.

Posted by Picasa


  1. not got anything constructive to say - but you really do find a constant stream of really interesting stuff ...... thx

  2. Thanks JB - glad to be of service!

  3. We can count on the Tears of Envy for many kinds of random :)