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Dalston

This walk will take place on Saturday, 11th September, 2021  at 11am. An ancient hamlet of Hackney, Dalston developed, east of the Roman’s Ermine Street, from farm settlement to market gardening to brick fields to built-up suburbia by the 1860s. While still rural, Dalston was home to smart big houses, refuges for destitute women and infant…
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Heart of Hackney

This walk will take place on Saturday, 21st November at 11am Trace Hackney’s heritage from Saxon settlement to city borough, with its rich diversity forged by 400 years of immigration from all over Britain and various parts of the world. The walk will include a visit to Hackney Museum, climbing 135 steps to the top of the…
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Heart of Hackney

This walk will take place on Saturday, 29th February at 11am. Trace Hackney’s heritage from Saxon settlement to city borough, with its rich diversity forged by 400 years of immigration from all over Britain and various parts of the world. The walk will include a visit to Hackney Museum, climbing 135 steps to the top of the…
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HOXTON NEW TOWN

This Hoxton New Town Walk will take place in 2020 on: Saturday, 7th March at 11am Saturday, 12 December at 11am This longer walk will tell you about the westernmost part of today’s Hackney, where, from the beginning of the 19th century, open fields used by Londoners to practice their archery skill was built up as Hoxton…
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DALSTON

Th Dalston walk will take place in 2020 on: Saturday, 25th January at 11am Saturday, 5th December at 11am An ancient hamlet of Hackney, Dalston developed, east of the Roman’s Ermine Street, from farm settlement to market gardening to brick fields to built-up suburbia by the 1860s. While still rural, Dalston was home to smart big…
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E8, N16, E5, E9 – Hackney Post Codes

On your next stroll around your neighbourhood, look for the street sign that says not E8, but NE; not N16 but N. Sir Rowland Hill (having successfully implemented the penny post in 1840) suggested dividing London into 10 postal districts to accelerate delivery. Hackney was in North East. In 1866, 8 years after its introduction,…
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LOWER CLAPTON

This walk will next take place in 2022 at a date to be announced.  Discover the history of Clapton, one of Hackney’s hamlets; visited by revolutionaries and royalty; home to writers; where Garrick performed; refuge for orphans. Take a look inside the Round Chapel. How many times did Lenin get to Clapton? Where was Hackney’s first…
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London Fields

London Fields is not an ancient settlement within Hackney, unlike Hoxton or Dalston. For most of history the area was woodland, then pasture or cultivated land. Taking its name, recorded first in 1540, from being on the way from Hackney to London, the Fields was common land. Local people did not own it, but had…
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Dalston

Recorded first in 1294 as Derleston, probably meaning Dedrlaf’s ‘tun’ (the Saxon word for an enclosed farm settlement cleared from surrounding forest), Dalston was one of several hamlets in the parish of Hackney. Dalston Lane, an ancient route, connected Dalston, crossing Hackney Brook at Dalston Bridge (near today’s Pembury Arms), to the northern end of…
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Shacklewell

Shacklewell, first recorded in 1490, is evidence of the sources of water which attracted early settlers o Hackney and its surrounding areas. Centred around Shacklewell Green, the hamlet gradually stretched along Shacklewell Lane, on a ridge overlooking Dalston. Shacklewell became the home of Sir John Heron, a senior financial adviser to the first two Tudor…
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Canal in Hackney

Running through the southern part of Hackney is the Regent’s Canal. Walk or cycle along it westwards and you get to Islington; eastwards to Victoria Park and the Olympic site. Named after the Prince Regent of the time, it was constructed over eight years, between 1812 and 1820. It linked the Thames docks to the…
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