Tag: walks

Kingsland to Newington Green

This walk will take place on Sunday, 4th December, 2022 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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Upper Clapton

This walk will take place on Saturday, 3rd December, 2022 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 of…
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South Hackney

This walk will  take place on Saturday 19th November 2022 at 11am 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 just 20…
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Hoxton

Appropriately this year, this walk will take place on Guy Fawkes Day, Saturday, 5  November, 2022 at 11am  Take a walk through the Town Squares, Mad Houses and Music Halls of Hoxton. An old settlement, dating back to the 11th century, within the parish pf Shoreditch, which became one of the poorest and most overcrowded parts…
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Stoke Newington

This walk will  take place on Saturday, 8th October, 2022 at 11am 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 Park Cemetery. How old…
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Stamford Hill

This walk will next take place on Saturday, 6th August, 2022 at 11am  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 is the…
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Heart of Hackney

This walk will take place on Thursday, 28th July at 6.30pm 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, locating 17th century Sutton House and climbing 135…
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London Fields

This  walk take place on Wednesday, 20 July at 6.30pm. 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 restrictions allow, enter St Michael’s and…
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Haggerston

This walk will take place on Saturday, 16th July, 2022  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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Lower Clapton

This walk will take place on Saturday, 18th June, 2022  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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Dalston

This walk will take place on Wednesday, 1st June 2022  at 2pm. 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…
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Tracing Loddiges

This walk will take place on Saturday, 28th May, 2022 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 be taking…
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Hoxton New Town

This walk will take place on Saturday, 14th May, 2022  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. Where industry attracted to the banks…
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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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