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 orphans and a hospital for foreigners. Industrialisation brought the junction of two railways and factories. The diversity of today’s Hackney is reflected by the stalls of Ridley Road, scene of post-war anti-fascist clashes.
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Duration : allow for 3 hours
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Start: Dalston Lane entrance, Dalston Junction Station, London, E8 3DL at 11am
End: Ashwin Street, London, E8 3DL
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