There’s hardly anywhere more fitting to celebrate the Day of the Deads than their very own playground.
Some think cemeteries are hallowed, other belive them to be haunted. But one thing is sure: they are absolutely beautiful this time of the year.
Abney Park in Stoke Newington, is one of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ garden cemeteries of London.
Laid out in the early 18th centuries, it’s now partially abandoned but still truly majestic.
Rows of humble moss-covered tomstones quickly leave ground to more impressive constructions.
Drapped fabric and angelic faces…
… Columns topped with amphoras.
Angels protecting the loved ones.
And some truly magnificent edifices.
A little abandoned chapel hides amongst the ivy-covered stones.
Ivy is slowly taking possession of the old building.
Stained glass windows have been gone for a while, leaving nothing behind but delicate lace-like metal frames.
Only the vibrant colours of Autumn rival the chapel’s beauty.
Going deeper into smaller alleys, the leaves and the light turn to the most vibrant shades of green.
Elegant angels guard the premises.
At the corner of a path, a fallen statue seems to be sleeping amongst the leaves and remind passers-by of Shakespeare’s Ophelia.
Engraved ivy meets its chlorophyll cousin.
Here and there, the light hits the faces of cherub-like statues, making for the most striking of views.
And when you think you’ve seen everything Abney Park Cemetery has to offer, new details always seem to appear.
The spirit of Halloween seemed to have spread to Stoke Newington‘s streets.
In every window, beheaded skulls and potion bottles look like they stepped straight out of a storybook.
Owls invaded the walls and spiders the flower bouquets.
Steve Almond was right when he said that “Nothing on Earth [was] so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night.”
Especially when it includes some of those deliciously spooky cupcakes!