As you know, Abney Park Cemetery is part of the Magic Seven of London's cemeteries. It would seem that the cemetery is rather sad and, frankly, a bit of a frightening place. Nevertheless, the secrets and mysteries of Abney Park Cemetery are guaranteed to attract your attention. Abney Park Cemetery is the home of the London apostates, tamers of lions and rare insects.
1. The tamer and the Salvation Army. You will probably think of a lion which stands in Abney Park. A huge marble cat guards the peace of Frank Bostock and his wife Suzanne. Bostock opened the wildlife of Africa and Asia to the English in the Victorian era. He was a lion trainer from the age of 15. Frank survived the attack of the lion and the tiger. His finger was bitten off by a gorilla. But he died because of the flu.
William and Catherine Booth are also buried here. They founded the Salvation Army, and their family place at the cemetery is near Church Street, and the Salvation Army sign marks these graves. Ironically, at the cemetery there are many burials of homeless people.