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Hackney Area Info

Hackney Area Info

Hackney is a thriving area that has seen an outstanding reversal of fortunes during the last decade. Formerly known best as an area with huge social problems and a massive crime rate Hackney now boasts some of London's fastest growing house prices The extension of the East London line has contributed towards Hackney's rise in popularity with new station providing connections and swift access to the City, Docklands and West End. Primary and Secondary schools have also been overhauled with the introduction of City Academies and extensive restructuring of schools from infant years up. Hackney's diverse selection of housing stock is also an attraction with Georgian and Victorian terraces, conservation areas, modern developments along with warehouse and school conversions. Following the success of 2012, the legacy of the London Olympics has sparked a series of development, further regenerating the area and ensuring Hackney's attraction is safe for years to come.

Things To Do In Hackney

There are dozens of excellent independent bars, restaurants and gastropubs serving great food throughout the borough.

On Saturdays, Broadway Market hosts the all-day food and antique market with stalls offering food and drinks from around the UK and other countries. On Sundays, people head to Chatsworth Road market to explore and people watch.

Hackney Empire offers first class entertainment for all ages including stand up and alternative comedy acts, seasonal pantomimes and musical events. Directly opposite is Hackney Picture House, a state of the art cinema venue which opened in 2011.

In the far north of the district near Stoke Newington, Stamford Hill is the centre of the Hassidic and Adeni Jewish communities in London and the largest in Europe. A visit here certainly provides a very different cultural experience to anywhere else in Britain. Hackney is also known for its wide open green spaces including London Fields which boasts one of London's remaining heated lido swimming pools and Hackney Marshes, synonymous with East London's Sunday football League. The marshes made famous by Blur's music video for their hit song 'Park Life' plays host to the largest collection of football pitches in Europe with 88 in total, and was the site of part of the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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History of Hackney

In 1965 the borough was formed from the area of the earlier metropolitan boroughs of Hackney, Shoreditch and Stoke Newington. At the time the council included representative symbols of the predecessor boroughs in its new combined coat of arms: Shoreditch by three bells from Shoreditch Church; Stoke Newington by two trees bearing fruit; and Hackney by the Maltese Cross of the principal landowners of the parish in the Middle Ages. The shield is surmounted by a representation of St. Augustine's Tower.

To this day a portrait of the Queen wearing the robes of the Most Venerable Order of St John of Jerusalem, of which she is Patron is displayed in Hackney Town Hall.

The borough has a steep history; Ermine Street, the Roman Road forms the western edge of the borough. Most of the rest of the land was covered with open oak and hazel woodlands, with marshland around the rivers and streams that crossed the area. Hackney lay within the Catuvellauni tribal territory. The eastern boundary of the borough is marked by the River Lea. This was an ancient boundary between pre-Roman tribes, and in the Roman era, was tidal up to Hackney Wick and continued to be the boundary between the historic counties of Middlesex and Essex.

Following industrial action, extensive post-war development and immigration, the area's many Georgian and Victorian terraces are being gentrified, dilapidated warehouses are being converted and new apartments are being constructed.It was inner London's 'greenest borough' and London Transport's 'best bike borough 2006',with 62 parks and open spaces, covering 815 acres (3.3 km2). Up to seven Hackney parks have now achieved Green Flag status. One, Abney Park, became scheduled in 2009 as one of Britain's historic parks and gardens at risk from neglect and decay.

Hackney town Hall
Hackney town Hall

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