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(ILCE = Interchangeable Lens Camera with E-mount)

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Abney Park Cemetery, which is just a short walk from Stoke Newington Overground station, is one of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ garden cemeteries of London, which were large private cemeteries established in the 19th century to alleviate overcrowding in existing parish church burial grounds. It is now a woodland memorial park and local nature reserve. More or less central in the cemetery is the oldest surviving non-denominational chapel in Europe. There are tree lined boulevards with plinths and monoliths and funeral statuary lining them leading to and from the chapel off which there are grave lined footpaths off which there are overgrown tracks if you want to delve further into the undergrowth. There are about 200,000+ residents resting in the 31 acres of the park with some of the great and the good of the 19th century buried there along with more modern Commonwealth Memorial graves from the First and Second World Wars. The most famous plot would be that of William and Catherine Booth, founders of the Salvation Army along with other prominent members of the SA buried there as well. The cenetery is a bit overgrown, I will have to go back in the autumn when the greenery has has thinned out a bit, and there were a lot of the locals using the park for taking children for walks, joggers, dog walkers or people just sitting on the benches talking or reading and I would like to say it's a calm, peaceful, tranquil place to visit. I'd like to say that but it's under the flight path to Heathrow and airliners are passing over every few minutes.

Equipment Used: Sony ILCE-7 + 7MII Compact System Cameras - Sony FE 28mm f2 Lens/Sony FE16-35mm f4 ZA OSS T*/Sony FE 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 OSS Lens