Hackney’s Historical Plaques

Marie Lloyd Plaque

GLC blue Plaque for Marie Lloyd in Graham Road (photo by Duncan Rimmer)

The first London historical plaques were put up by the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) in 1897. In 1901 The London County County Council (LCC) took on the scheme and this was taken forward by The Greater London Council when they took over from the LCC in 1965. In 1985 following the abolition of the GLC English Heritage carried on the blue plaque scheme to the current date.

The London Borough of Hackney has its own local plaque scheme a series of 50 brown plaques relating to local buildings, places, events and people. These plaques were put up in the 1990’s and the scheme could be revived and added to in the near future.

Anyone can place a plaque on a building providing they have the building owners permission and Listed Building Consent where necessary. There are other plaques in Hackney such as The Plastics Historical Society and The Police Memorial Trust as well as many private plaques.

London County Council Blue Plaques

  • Daniel Defoe English Novelist Journalist: 95, Stoke Newington Church Street N16 (map)
  • St John The Baptist Holywell: 86 Curtain Road EC2 (map)

Greater London Council Blue Plaques

  • Philip Henry Gosse English Zoologist: 56 Mortimer Road N1 (map)
  • Sir Edmund Gosse English Poet: 56 Mortimer Road N1 (map)
  • Marie Lloyd English Music Hall Artiste: 55 Graham Road E8 (map)

English Heritage Blue Plaques

  • Ebenezer Howard Pioneer of the Garden City Movement: 50 Durley Road, Stamford Hill, N16 (map)

Ebenezer Howard
EH Blue plaque for Ebenezer Howard Durley Road N16 (photo by Felix Omerod)

Other Blue Plaques

  • Joseph Priestly Theologian, scientist & discoverer of oxygen: Ram Place E9
  • James Parkinson Physician and Geologist: 1 Hoxton Square N1 (map)

London Borough of Hackney Brown Plaques


LBH Brown Plaque ‘The Gunpowder Plot’ in Hoxton Street (photo by Traxcitement)

    • The Tower of Church of Saint Augustine: Mare Street E8
    • Marc Bolan: 25 Stoke Newington Common N16
    • The Theatre and Holywell Priory: 86-90 Curtain Road
    • The Curtain Theatre: 18 Hewett Street
    • Brooke House: Community College, Kenninghall Road E5
    • Sir Leonard Woolley: 13 Southwold Road
    • Stoke Newington Manor House: Stoke Newington Town Hall N16
    • Abney House: Stoke Newington N16
    • The Manor House: Mare Street E8
    • Air Raid Precaution Centre: Rossendale Street
    • Anna Laetitia: Stoke Newington N16
    • Kate Greenaway: Stoke Newington N16
    • Britannia Saloon: Hoxton Street N1
    • Mel Calman: 64 Linthorpe Road
    • Medieval Mansion: Stoke Newington N16
    • Joseph Priestly Theologian, scientist & discoverer of oxygen: 113 Lower Clapton Road E5
    • Joshua Watson: 117 Lower Clapton Road E5
    • James Brooks: Clissold Crescent N16
    • Electricity Generating Sub-station: 32 Rivington Street
    • 91-101 Worship Street
    • First Bomb of World War One: 31 Nevill Road
    • The First Synagogue in Hackney: 25 Thistlethwaite Road
    • Parish Watch House: 6-8 Lordship Road
    • Loddiges Nursery: Hackney Free & Parochial School, Paragon Road
    • First Plastic in the World: Berkshire Road / Wallis Road, Hackney Wick E9
    • Hoxton Hall: 128 Hoxton Street N1
    • Shoreditch Refuse Destructor: Coronet Street
    • Charles Bradlaugh: Regan Way
    • Braidwood Academy: LBH Housing on Chatham Place
    • Newington Green Church: Newington Green N16
    • Lewis Burtt: Coronet Street
    • Edgar Allan Poe: 172: Stoke Newington Church Street N16
    • Celia Fiennes: Well Street E9
    • Saint Mary’s, Haggerston: Playground between Queensbridge Road and Thurtle Road
    • Pickwick Bicycle Club: Downs Public House, Downs Road
    • The Pimlico Hostelry and Pleasure Gardens: LBH Housing, Arden House, Pitfield Street N1
    • German Hospital: Dalston Lane E8
    • Holywell Priory: 98 Curtain Road
    • John Howard: 157-9 Lower Clapton Road E5
    • Mary Wollstonecraft: 373-5 Mare Street, The Narroway E8
    • The Gunpowder Plot: 244-278 Crondall Street, Hoxton Street elevation N1
    • Jessica Tandy: 58A Geldeston Road
    • Pollock’s Toy Theatre Shop: McGregor Court, Hoxton Street N1
    • Elizabeth Fry Refuge: 195 Mare Street E8
    • Nelson Lee: 67 Shrubland Road
    • The Eagle Tavern: The Eagle Public House, Shepherdess Walk
    • Edith Cavell: Saint Leonard’s Hospital: Kingsland Road E8
    • Anthony Newley: Mandeville School in Pedros Street.
    • Gainsborough Film Studios: Poole Street

More info on the Hackney Council website

Sources: London Plaques (2010) Derek Summary & John Sheppard, Local Plaques & Local History Hackney Council website

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