We had so much fun last weekend discovering Stoke Newington on a typically overcast London Saturday. Stoke Newington was historically the home of counter-culturalists, non-conformists, radical thinkers and some of the greatest writers in history. ‘Stokey’, as its often called by Londoners, is a village that changed the world. Daniel Defoe, the great Edgar Allen Poe, and Joseph Conrad all lived on Church Street.
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This Bohemian village captured our hearts as we got lost in the spooky Abney Park Cemetery, which boasts over 200k graves, peeked into the shops on Stoke Newington Church Street – which Time Out describes as the longest street name in London. We may add, that it contains the most cafes and bakeries we’ve ever seen on one street : ) This parade is unique for so many reasons, most importantly because you can literally pick a cafe to work at for each day of the week and you will not run out of choices for fresh bread and pastries. Furthermore, this village has a large number of Grade II listed buildings (historic England building)
This post uses Nicola Perry’s book 33 Walks in London That You Shouldn’t Miss (111 Places/111 Shops) as a guide.
Our first stop after arriving at Stoke Newington station is the Yellow Warbler Cafe where team 33 walks discussed the route and fueled up for the morning’s activities.
is a local nature reserve and one of the “Magnificent Seven Cemeteries” filled with graves dating from mid 19th century and is rich in history with tombstones ranging from comedians, performers, and pantomimes. Some of the most notable names buried here are William and Catherine Booth, founders of the Salvation Army. Tombs are inscribed with meaningful symbols such as columns, torches, and hands. You may notice that there’s not a clear grid system to the way the tombstones are laid out. Abney Park is also home to a plethora of animals and plant species. This is certainly a place to visit for fans of Gothic scenery.
Old Abney Park Chapel
Within Abney Park is Europe’s first non-denominational cemetery chapel first opened in 1840 as the designer William Hosking didn’t want to show any bias towards a religious sect. It has been rumoured to have witches holding ceremonies here in the 1970s. After some time it was closed to the public, however, it has now been reopened.
was this really cool antique yard just off Church Street. We can’t wait to come back and peruse some more once we have something to furnish!
Church Street Workshops
are rented studios for craftsmen. This particular calligraphy shop caught our eye.
Edgar Allen Poe’s House
This well-renowned author lived in London as a child for about five years. He attended the Manor School on Church Street from 1817-1820.
is a family friendly park in the borough of Hackney with a collection of beautiful lakes, gardens and animals. This park happens to be funded by the National Lottery.
is a reflection of Stoke Newington’s Quaker past. It was also a great stop to have some lunch after exploring Church Newington High Street. I’m looking forward to visiting the outside portion of a cafe when the weather is nicer.
William Booth Monument
“Leaving the park for Church Street, you’ll pass the perfectly maintained monument to William Booth (1829-1912), social reformer and founder of the Salvation Army.” (Perry 131)
is the Birthplace of Feminism and England’s oldest Unitarian church.
Stoke Newington List:
1. Yellow Warbler Cafe
2. Abney Park
3. Old Abney Park Chapel
5. Church Street Workshops
9.William Booth Monument
10.Ocakbasi on Green Lanes
11. Unitarian church
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