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London Fields to De Beauvoir (1.2 miles)

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 a junction here with an ancient old…
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Haggerston Walk (1.7 miles)

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 clearance of houses bombed in the Blitz…
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De Beauvoir to Old Street (1.1m)

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 De Beauvoir Roads, next to the former…
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West Hoxton Walk (1 mile)

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 was not built up until the 19th…
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Kingsland Waste Walk (1.2 miles)

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, beside a roadway. 2/16 235 years ago…
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AROUND SHACKLEWELL (1 mile)

1/15  Created, along with these other Self-Guided Walks during the COVID-19 pandemic as a Hackney history walk to follow during the lockdowns. 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…
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WEST ALONG DALSTON LANE  (0.8 mile)

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 was acquired as the North East London…
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EAST ALONG DALSTON LANE (0.8 mile)

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 and historian Cyril Lionel Robert James (1901-1989). Dalston Lane…
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LOWER HOMERTON (I mile)

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 the vicarage, the former church hall and…
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SKIRTING LONDON FIELDS (1.9 miles)

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 down Mentmore Terrace and then right into…
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DOWN QUEENSBRIDGE ROAD WALK (1.1 miles)

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 c19th development on this side of the…
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UP QUEENSBRIDGE ROAD WALK (1.1 miles)

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. The southern part of Queensbridge Road was…
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THROUGH HOXTON’S SQUARES (1.1 miles)

When following this route, please remember to: Keep to the 2 metre social distancing from people you pass by; Take care crossing roads – use controlled crossings where possible. 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,…
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CENTRAL HACKNEY TO SOUTH HACKNEY (1.3 miles)

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 the last Sunday of each month 2-4.30pm….
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CLAPTON POND TO MILLFIELDS AND BACK (1.2 miles)

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 hill (clop). 2/15 Cross the road to…
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UP AMHURST ROAD ( 0.8 miles)

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 now Oslo bar. Amhurst Road is named…
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AROUND AND ABOUT CLAPTON SQUARE ( 0.5 miles)

1/10 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. Clapton Square lived in her youth the…
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THROUGH UPPER HOMERTON (0.7 miles)

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 where he died in 1611. 2/10 Turn…
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DOWN STAMFORD HILL (0.7 miles)

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 campaign to make it into a sports…
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UP STAMFORD HILL (0.7 miles)

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 possible derivation of Stamford 1/10 Cross the…
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AROUND AND ABOUT ST THOMAS’S SQUARE (0.8 miles)

1/10 Start in St Thomas’s Square, E9 7PS, one of Hackney’s 58 open spaces. The square is named after the former owner of land here to the east of Mare St, London’s St Thomas’s Hospital, which was given the land in 1553. 2/10 Note London University of the Arts’ Cordwainers Court student halls of residence…
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