History of Hackney

Columbia market war memorial

Hi First this is a Hackney issue as a number of the victims of this incident were from Shoreditch As Vice- chair of the group working, with Tower Hamlets council, Columbia Tenants & Residents Association and the Dorset Centre, to erect a memorial in the Rose garden of Sivill House Columbia Rd to remember those who died on the night of the 7th sept 1940 (largest such incident on the first night... »

Shoe Shop on Mare Street – 1980’s

Hello, I’m hoping someone may be able to assist me. As the title indicates, I’m trying to identify the name of a particular shoe shop which was located on Mare Street in Hackney during the early to mid 1980’s. The shop in question was mentioned in mainstream news reports in the1980’s so may have had a certain notoriety at the time. Other than it briefly being mentioned in n... »

London on Film course at Hackney Picturehouse

London on Film course at Hackney Picturehouse

Six week course at Hackney Picturehouse every Thursday evening 7-9pm from 14 August – 18 September Course leader: John Wischmeyer Tickets are £70 / £65 Concessions / £60 Members. For bookings please visit http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/hackney courses or call 0871 902 5734 London has become a major character in English cinema. We have all experienced that extra frisson of delight when watching a f... »

Locals to interview for Hackney Stories podcast

Hi all – I’m starting a podcast called Hackney Stories where I run about the borough and interview interesting people that live or work here. Each episode will have two interviews that contrast in some way. I’m heading over to Hackney Pirates (http://www.hackneypirates.org/) next week to interview the founder and some of the young people they work with and as a nice contrast I th... »

Lea Row to Henley – 3 days, 2 boats & all the support we can get

I’m a local hackney resident and I row at the Lea Club. We are doing an epic row from the river lea on 2nd July all the way to Henley in aid of raising money to prevent our club from closing! This is going to be a long, difficult and challenging row over 3 days and over 100k. Do look at our planned route if wish to see just how far it is; https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zhtN8Wc_wH... »

Henry Garner Shopkeeper

I am doing some research on Henry Garner a shopkeeper from the Arcola Street area. I assume that his shop would have been in the Shacklewell, Dalston or Stoke Newington area around the 1940’s. I don’t know what type of shop it might have been. If anyone has any information on Henry or the shop It would be really helpful. »

Talks at the Tower 2014

Talks at the Tower 2014

Hackney Historic Buildings is pleased to present a series of fantastic free events, as part of Adult learners Week 2014. The Talks will take place in Hackney’s oldest building, the beautiful medievil St Augustine’s Tower. Please see http://us3.campaign-archive2.com/?u=7f7a50ce29289062a4336f8fd&id=2cbb17ed05 for details of each evening. Sunday 15th June 2014 – Laurie Elks: Pic... »

Millers Terrace Sign

Anyone know anything about this old enamel sign on Millers Terrace off Stoke Newington High Street? It is mounted high up and fairly close to the standard Hackney Borough street sign which also looks 50+ years old. This sign looks very old and although very faded seems to have no other text on it. @Sam Roberts does this qualify as a ghost sign? https://www.flickr.com/photos/traxcitement/1410523356... »

Re-mapping Hackney Project

Re-mapping Hackney is an upcoming art project which is entirely produced by the people of Hackney. We are looking for people to contribute their concerns, thoughts or memories about Hackney… If you have any experiences you would like to contribute about living in Hackney please share them with us here (it is entirely anonymous so be as silly or serious as you like) https://docs.google.com/fo... »

Historic pubs of Hackney

Reading about the fight to keep the Prince Edward pub from being demolished made me think. How many of you out there have fond memories of Old Hackney pubs? My locals were the Prince Edward and Uncle Toms Cabin both in Wick road, and the Chesham Arms, Mehetable Rd. These haunts give me great memories of the sixties. »


OK, what’s your memory like? Who remembers the shoe shop in Mare Street, opposite Woolworths, just under the bridge at the bottom of the narrow-way. It used to make the hand made shoes. What was it called? »

why no Heart in N16?

Due to social changes that have occurred in recent years in East London we have the Clapton Hart and the Hackney Heart. Why is there no Stoke Newington Heart? Is it too far north to bask in the full glow of suburban hipsterness? Let’s leave Dalston out of this. »

Documentary on Experimental Music in Shoreditch School

In 1969 at a school in Shoreditch, England, children young and old learned to experiment with avant-garde music composition using tape recorders, loops, electronics, and other techniques. The BBC documented the program with this short documentary, “Music In School: A New Sound.” ) via http://boingboing.net/2014/03/13/experimental-music-in-uk-eleme.html »

My Haggerston

My Haggerston

My Haggerston is an in-depth community history project based in the Haggerston ward of Hackney. My Haggerston will involve local volunteers, businesses, community partners and Discover Hackney members to tell the rich story of Haggerston’s heritage over the last 200 years up to the present. More info at: http://www.discoverhackney.co.uk/projects/27 All events will be added to the Yeah! Hackn... »

Does anyone know what this stone was at Clapton Pond?

Does anyone know what this stone was at Clapton Pond?

For an imminent book of Hackney photos from the 1980s, I wonder if anyone knows anything about the strange piece of stone in this picture at north Clapton Pond https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10201383812541565&set=o.207670989263807&type=1&relevant_count=1 »

Retired Caribbean Nurses

Retired Caribbean Nurses is a heritage lottery funded project by Black Women in the Arts, which aims to collect the stories of Caribbean nurses from 1945 to today. It will be turned into an exhibition at the Hackney Museum. They are holding their first gathering at the Vortex on 22 March. They are looking for people to share their stories for the project More detail at: http://retiredcaribbeannurs... »

Shoreditch Experimental Music School 1960

via http://www.synthtopia.com/content/2014/03/05/way-back-wednesday-shoreditch-experimental-music-school-1969/ »

The Geffrye’s Centenary year online gallery

The Geffrye’s Centenary year online gallery

To celebrate the museum’s 100th anniversary The Geffrye museum have published a selection of their favourite archive photographs in an online gallery and will be adding more throughout the year. You can see it here: http://www.geffrye-museum.org.uk/whatson/special/gallery-2009/Default.aspx?id=21637&page=1 »

Haggerston Food Co-Op 1973

Video about a community co-op in Haggerston from 1973 Via The Radical History of Hackney »

Percy Ingle’s History

Percy Ingle’s History

(photo from London Shop Fronts) I was looking at this Percy Ingle Bakery on Chatsworth Road and wondering where the first one was as I knew it was somewhere in east London. It turns out that it was in Clarence Road, although I haven’t found much more about it aside from what Percy Ingle have on their website. I’ll carry on digging around. From: http://www.percy-ingle.co.uk/our-history.... »

The Mermaid Tavern (now Mermaid Fabrics)

The Mermaid Tavern (now Mermaid Fabrics)

Photo by Ewan Munro Mermaid Fabrics in Hackney central recently had it’s former sign showing through (I have a photo somewhere, I just need to find it) The building used to be The Mermaid Tavern, which had a bowling green, pleasure gardens and freak shows and was a haunt of Samuel Pepys. Pepys liked nothing more than to hail a coach at Aldgate, sit back and zoom ‘away into the fields to take... »

The Sportsman pub 181 Whiston Road, Hackney.

Does anyone have a photograph or memories of this pub in Whiston Road near Haggerston Park? It was r »

Filming New York Course Starts 21 Jan at Hackney Picturehouse


Reminiscence Screenings Jan and Feb: DON’T LOOK NOW + BBFC Presentation, and THE L-SHAPED ROOM

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a lovely festive season and a fabulous start to the new year.&nbs »

Making Culture


Clockworks: Lost Traces site specific theatre 8th December

Clockworks: Lost TracesFREE eventNewington Collective presents a devised, immersive experience of si »

Stoke Newington Ghostsigns TOUR – Dec 1st 2013 5th Jan & 2nd Feb 2014

This walking tour through Stoke Newington’s historic conservation area features some of London’s bes »

Hoxton Mini Press: collectable books about East London kickstarter


Truman’s Eyrie brewery Hackney Wick

\Part of East London’s history for 350 years an investment of £1million has seen the company re-esta »

King Edward’s Road E9: New flats

This empty site (at the corner of King Edward's Road and Clermont Road has been empty since the 90s, »

Interesting article on the history of Harris Electrical

Great article about Thomas Archibald Harris, who started Harris Electrical in 1930 (now on Lower Cla »

Hidden Hackney TOURS – Tuesdays 29th Oct to 26th Nov 11am

Hidden Hackney A City Lit tour.Date: 29 Oct 13 - 26 Nov 13Places availableUncover the varied and fas »

Reminiscence Screenings August – October at Hackney Picturehouse

Join us for NIGHTS OF CABIRIA, THE STEPFORD WIVES and CARMEN JONES! Celebrate the golden days o »

Postcards of Hackney – A Hackney Society event Thursday 6th June 8pm


The London Nobody Knows – presented by The Hackney Society 23rd May

The London Nobody Knows (plus shorts) cert: PG, r/t 47 minsPresented by The Hackney »

Heart of Hackney History WALK – Saturday 25th May

Ever wondered why Hackney got its name? Who Hackney people were 500 or 100 years ago or how Hack »

Robinson in Ruins Film screening at Lumiere 9th May

Encounters With The Obscure is back....On the 9th May, 8pm we will be screening Pat »

Looking for information on St Joseph’s Hospice

Hello all :)My name is May and I am hoping you will be able to help me as I am looking to find infor »

“…how is it towards the East?” History of Shoreditch exhibition opens 1st May

Historic photographs, talks, tours and films mapping the history of Shoreditch using Shoreditch’s Bo »

The Hackney Portrait Project