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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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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