Category: Walks

De Beauvoir

This walk will take place on Saturday, 11th December, 2021 at 11am. De Beauvoir is unique in Hackney, with its stuccoed 19th century villas more reminiscent of London’s West End. Typical of Hackney, the area offers a walk of contrasts, revealing a tale from medieval manor to today’s loft apartments and trendy eateries, taking in…
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Kingsland to Newington Green

This walk will take place on Saturday, 4th December, 2021 at 11am. Along the western fringes of  Hackney, this walk takes you from Kingsland to Newington Green, going through four ancient parishes. Once the hunting ground of kings, we finish in an area that became a hive of ‘seditious’ radicals and a centre for Mission…
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Shacklewell

The walk will take place on Saturday, 27 November, 2021 at 11am This walk starts off in Dalston and takes you through Shacklewell to end at West Hackney Church on Stoke Newington Road. Shacklewell, with its village green, is a forgotten village of Hackney. Hear about the part it played in the development of Hackney, growing from…
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Hackney Downs

This walk will take place on  Saturday, 13th November, 2021 at 11am.  Bounded betwixt Clapton, Dalston and Shacklewell, Hackney Downs, the highest piece of open ground within 4 miles of central London, has, like other parts of Hackney, its own history to tell. Once ‘common land’, in its environs were founded Clapton F.C., schools, Hackney’s first…
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Upper Clapton

This walk will take place on Saturday, 30th October, 2021 at 11am. Climb to Hackney’s highest point. Along the way we will take in Stoke Newington Common, Clapton Common, Hackney’s oldest surviving Church, see inside the former Agapemonite Church, now London’s Georgian Cathedral,  and finish by admiring the views from Springfield Park. What was the Church…
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Haggerston

This walk will take place on Saturday, 9th October, 2021  at 11am.  This walk tells the history of Haggerston, the northern-most and once the most rural, undeveloped, part of the ancient parish of Shoreditch. The walk will also go along Columbia Road, in neighbouring Bethnal Green. What was Mr Fairchild’ Mule? How was Haggerston Park created? See…
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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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Lower Clapton

This walk will take place on Saturday, 4th September, 2021  at 11am 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 synagogue? Duration :…
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NEW WALK – Tracing Loddiges

This  NEW walk will take place on Saturday, 21st August, 2021 at 11am. This walk takes you through the area east of Mare Street to trace where Conrad Loddiges and Sons’  Hackney Botanical Nursery was with its Grand Palm House, Camelia Houses and more, which attracted visitors to Hackney from all ove the world. We will also…
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Hoxton New Town

This walk will take place on Saturday, 7th August, 2021  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 New Town. Pop goes the weasel Why and…
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LESLEY WALKS

LESLEY WALKS are on this site as they are devised and led by Hackney resident and qualified Islington Guide, Lesley Thompson. Lesley is building up a number of history walks in Hackney, including in Shoreditch, Hoxton, Haggerston, De Beauvoir and Newington Green. I shall add these walks to the walk schedule below to widen up…
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Homerton

This walk will take place on Saturday, 24th July, 2021  at 11am. Stretching along a ridge sloping down to two rivers, Homerton was once the wealthiest and most populous part of Hackney. Home to dissenters and paupers, its social decline was brought about by the coming of industry, railways and hospitals. Who was Homerton named…
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Rhodes Town

This will take place again on Saturday, 10th July, 2021 at 11am. This walk investigates how the Rhodes family developed their Dalston estate, west of London Fields, into Hackney suburbia from 1807 into the 1870s. The walk focuses on the building process, the Rhodes family, the domestic architecture, the careers of some of the builders and details…
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Hoxton

This walk will take place on Saturday, 19 June, 2021 at 11am  Take a walk through the Town Squares, Mad Houses and Music Halls of Hoxton.

London Fields

This  walk take place on Saturday, 5 June, starting at Hackney Town Hall, at 11am. Follow an ancient trackway out of Hackney to hear about the ‘common land’ of London Fields, one of London’s few remaining Lidos, the first Jews in Hackney, 18th century asylums for the mentally sick, the Regent’s Canal and, if COVID…
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South Hackney

This walk will next take place in 2022 at a date to be announced.  This walk follows the development of South Hackney, always the poshest part of Hackney. It will be co-led by Sean with Laurie Elks, champion of Hackney’s heritage for 40 years plus and long-term resident of South Hackney. From fields to suburbia in…
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Stoke Newington

This walk will next take place in 2022 at a date to be announced.  Walk through a “misty looking village of England”, discovering Stoke Newington’s story from before 1066 with its two churches (Tudor village and Victorian suburb), one of London’s most delightful parks, with natural and man-made rivers, to the quiet, urban woods of Abney…
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Shoreditch

This walk will next take place in 2022 at a date to be announced.  Today, forming southern Hackney, bordering the City of London, Shoreditch was one of London’s first suburbs. Its theatres witnessed the first-nights of Shakespeare’s early plays, a theatrical tradition that continued into the 19th century. Another association was with the furniture industry. The…
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Stamford Hill

This walk will next take place in 2022 at a date to be announced.  A bit like the Duke of Yorks’s men, this longer walk will be taking us up Stamford Hill and down again, tracing its place in Hackney’s history and the different types of people who have lived and passed through there. How old…
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HEART OF HACKNEY

This walk will next take place in 2022 at a date to be announced.  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…
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