Esoteric London

No. 631: Stoke Newington High Street, N16

Posted in Funereal, Parks, Wildlife by esotericlondon on July 30, 2012

Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington High Street, London, N16. Photo © Roger Dean 2011

London. A Pilgrimage – Gustave Doré and Blanchard Jerrold, 1872:

The lovers of the animals make the usual round [of London Zoo], and watch the health and changes of appearance of the fine specimens with real anxiety. I have known human lovers of the wombat; frequenters who appeared to take an almost family interest in the fretful, shivering chimpanzee, who died in our bitter climate of consumption; and special visitors to the cloudy tiger. I came  upon a member of the Landseer family the Sunday the famous old lion died. The kind old gentleman was passing from group to group asking sympathy in his distress; and he grasped my hand when he told me the bad news, and looked into my face to watch my distress.

[The above photograph is of the grave of Franck C. Bostock which can be found in Abney Park Cemetery. Bostock started his career touring small circuses around Britain but he soon became known worldwide as ‘The Animal King’ after performing in Europe and the United States. Although his circus contained many animals it was for his big cats he became famous and he survived several attacks from them before dying from a bout of influenza whilst visiting England in 1912. R.D.]

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