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London Fields to De Beauvoir (1.2 miles)

When following this route, please remember to: 1/17 This route follows a footway suggested by ‘Central London Footways’ https://footways.london – a mapped network of quiet and interesting streets for walking, available from local bookshops and online. Start at the entrance to London Fields on the east side by Martello (formerly Tower) Street. 2/17 You’re at…
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Haggerston Walk (1.7 miles)

When following this route, please remember to: 1/20 History lockdown walk through Haggerston, an ancient settlement in the northern part of the parish of  Shoreditch. Start at Haggerston Station, on the North London Line, originally opened one block south on Dunston Street in 1865. Walk east along Lee Street. beside Stonebridge Common, created from the…
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De Beauvoir to Old Street (1.1m)

When following this route, please remember to: 1/20 This route follows the footway suggested by ‘Central London Footways’ https://footways.london– mapped network of quiet and interesting streets for walking, available from various bookshops (see https://bit.ly/3mHwRbX). Keep to the right hand side of the road for the whole route. 2/20 Start at the  junction of Downham and…
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West Hoxton Walk (1 mile)

When following this route, please remember to: 1/17 West Hoxton: a self-guided Hackney history walk for the current times. Start at St Johns Church, Pitfield St, to saunter through ‘New Hoxton’ to Shepherdess Walk Park. Whereas ‘Hochestone’ village, mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book, was centred on Hoxton Street, the open land to the west…
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Kingsland Waste Walk (1.2 miles)

When following this route, please remember to: 1/16 Start at the southern entrance to Dalston Junction Station (not the one on Dalston Lane). This walk takes you for a stroll down and up the north part of Kingsland Road. Waste was a name given to economically unproductive and uncultivated land often, as in this case,…
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AROUND SHACKLEWELL (1 mile)

When following this route, please remember to: 1/15  A Hackney history walk for lockdown through Shacklewell. Start at the junction of Stoke Newington Road and Shacklewell Lane. On the other side of Kingsland High Street draper Ziba Dudley took over his father-in-law’s shop by 1895. Gradually this absorbed the whole block becoming  ‘NE London’s Leading…
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WEST ALONG DALSTON LANE  (0.8 mile)

When following this route, please remember to: This route takes you west along Dalston Lane. It is complemented by another walk heading east from Dalston CLR James Library along Dalston Lane. 1/14 Start at the Academy Apartments, E8 1AL, by Pembury Circus. In 1803 this was the site of the Hackney School of Industry. It…
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EAST ALONG Dalston Lane (0.8 mile)

When following this route, please remember to: This route takes you east along Dalston Lane. It is complemented by another walk heading west from Pembury Corner along Dalston Lane. 1/14 Start outside CLR James Dalston Library, E8 3BQ.  To celebrate Hackney’s Afro-Caribbean community this library (Dalston’s third) was named after the Caribbean journalist, political activist…
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Lower Homerton (I mile)

When following this route, please remember to: 1/10 Start outside St Barnabas Church, E9 6DL, halfway down Homerton High Street. Homerton’s first church, it was built in 1847. In 1944 a VI rocket bomb landed behind and damaged the church interior and the churchyard. The eastern part of Homerton was called ‘Lower Homerton’. Walk past…
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SKIRTING LONDON FIELDS (1.9 miles)

When following this route, please remember to: 1/17 Start outside London Fields Station built in 1872 on the Great Eastern Line, which was the third train line to cross Hackney. By the 17th century this area was part of gardens of big houses built as Hackney spread south down Mare St. 2/17 Take a right…
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DOWN QUEENSBRIDGE ROAD WALK (1.1 miles)

When following this route, please remember to: The walk takes you down the west side of Queensbridge Road. It is complemented by another route which takes you up the east side of the road. 1/12 Start at The Victoria, E8 3AS, a pub since the 1850s. This is the only building surviving of the original…
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UP QUEENSBRIDGE ROAD WALK (1.1 miles)

When following this route, please remember to: The route takes you up the east side of Queensbridge Road. It is complemented by another walk which takes you down the west side of the road. 1/13 Start at the junction with Hackney Road E2 8NP, the boundary between the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Hackney….
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THROUGH HOXTON’S SQUARES (1.1 miles)

When following this route, please remember to: 1/13 Start outside St John’s Church Hoxton, N1 6NP. Hoxton was in the parish of Shoreditch. When the ancient parish of St Leonard’s Shoreditch was divided, the church was built in 1826 to serve the growing population of Hoxton. There were 26689 burials in the churchyard between 1826…
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Central hackney to South Hackney (1.3 miles)

When following this route, please remember to: 1/10 Start at St. Augustine’s Tower, E8 1HR, the surviving part of the first church in Hackney. It was built about 1275, probably by the Knights Templar. It is Hackney’s oldest building. Corner stones mark the footprint of the original building. The tower is open to visit free…
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Clapton Pond to Millfields and back (1.2 miles)

When following this route, please remember to: 1/15 Start at Clapton Pond, E5 0QH, where the route will end after taking you down to Millfields. This is not a natural pond but an early c18th man-made reservoir for water pumped up from the River Lea, London’s second largest river. Clapton, means settlement (ton) on a…
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up Amhurst Road ( 0.8 miles)

When following this route, please remember to: 1/9 Start outside Hackney Central Station, E8 1LL, which is the third site of this station on the first railway line through Hackney in 1850. The first station was on the other side of Mare Street, where Argon stationers is now; the second was the building which is…
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around and about Clapton Square ( 0.5 miles)

When following this route, please remember to: /10 Start at Clapton Square, E5 8HE, one of Hackney’s 58 open spaces. This space was originally fields: open grazing ground with a path diagonally across it, south-west to north-east, a short-cut between Hackney and Clapton. Building around the square was completed in 1818. 2/10 At No 1….
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through ‘upper homerton’ (0.7 miles)

When following this route, please remember to: 1/10 Start outside Sutton House, 2-4 Homerton High Street, E9 6JQ. This western part of Homerton was called ‘Upper Homerton’. Sutton House was built in 1535 by Ralph Sadleir. It was incorrectly named after wealthy Thomas Sutton who never lived there; he lived in a house close by…
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down Stamford Hill (0.7 miles)

When following this route, please remember to: 1/10 Start outside Sainsbury’s at the top of Stamford Hill, N16 5LW. The Regents Cinema opened here in 1929 with a wurlitzer. Previously on this site had been Lion House situated in thickly wooded ground. The cinema closed in 1972 and was derelict for over 10 years; a…
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UP STAMFORD HILL (0.7 miles)

When following this route, please remember to: 1/10 Start at the gates of Abney Park Cemetery, N16 0LH, at the side of a main roadway in and out of London, laid down by the Romans 2000 years ago. Here, until the 1850s, a bridge took the road over Hackney Brook at a ‘sandy ford’, a…
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