William Hone Day

A day of talks and tours commemorating the bicentenary of William Hones' victorious court battle against government censorship in 1817, marking a turning point in the fight for British freedom of press. Hone was buried in Abney Park on 11 November 1842, with Charles Dickens attending his funeral. He was the 316th burial the cemetery.

As he had parodied the Lord's Prayer and the Creed, Hone's trial was politically motivated with the technical charge of blasphemy. His defence was three seven hour speeches by himself, and relied on the facts that the the Foreign Secretary had written similar parodies only a few years previously. 

Sunday 1st Oct will see tours led by Alan Gartrell and Russell Miller, with the regular Abney park history tour at 2 pm. At midday there is a Theatre and Music Hall tour led by The Music Hall Guild of Great Britain and America.

Sunday 8th Oct wil see local author Paul Ashton discussing Perverse Juries. He will also be reading a Hone related short story and talking about his work.

 

Sunday 1st October

12 pm - 1 pm : Music Hall Guild guided tour

1 pm - 2 pm : William Hone and Georgian Satire led by Alan Gartrell
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2 pm - 3.30 pm : Historical Tour of Abney led by John Baldock

4 pm - 5 pm : William Hone and the Freedom of Press led by Russell Millar
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Free
Suggested £5 donation welcome
Meet at the Stoke Newington High St gates


Sunday 8th October

1 pm - 2 pm : Perverse Juries. 
Local author, Paul Ashton, reads a Hone related short story and talks about his work.
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2pm - 3 pm : William Hone and the Abney Radicals tour led by Alan Gartrell
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Free
Suggested £5 donation welcome
Meet at the Stoke Newington High St gates


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Park opening times

Abney Park is open from 8 am year round and closes at varying times.

The current opening hours are 8 am – 4 pm daily.

 

 

The Visitors Centre

is usually open from
10am – 3pm,  
Monday to Friday,
though times vary
so please call before
making a special visit.

Contact Details

Abney Park, Stoke Newington High Street,
London N16 0LH

Tel: 0207 275 7557

info@abneypark.org