The London Borough of Hackney

White Cube Gallery

Even though The London Borough of Hackney is regarded as an Eastern borough it is sort of in the middle of North London. Furthermore it is bounded by The City of London to the south making it a lucrative place to live in. The origins of the name are usually related to the word Hackenaye which means something close to “Haka’s island”. The interpretation is strange since the area is not located nearby a sea or another big water basin. Population really grew in numbers during the 19th century and peaked in the 30s of the 20th century. Ever since that time it has been trending downwards. The Conservation areas which Hackney has are not a small number – 25. There are a few districts we are going to talk about. Some of them are not huge and some of them have nice attractions to visit.

St Matthias ChurchStoke Newington has a very interesting character which doesn’t really correspond to the typical London outlook. It has retained its village perspective and this is what renders it unique. But the district has had one very crucial role to London. It has a number of water reservoirs and has thus been able to sustain the needs of the rapidly growing city. The St. Matthias Church is the only Grade I building in the area.

Lower Clapton is perhaps best known for Clapton Pond and the Sunday Market which was established in 2010. There hasn’t been much urbanisation here in particular and this is why Lower Clapton has a lot of green areas looking the same as they did one century ago. The Clapton Girls’ Academy and Mossbourne Community Academy ae also located there. Since we mentioned Lower Clapton it is only fair if we share a few words about Upper Clapton as well. Springfield Park is an exceptionally pleasant area to visit or go boating. There are a number of sports facilities there as well. However, the churches are what Upper Clapton is known for and mainly their unusual facades. The Church of the Good Shepherd has a very tall steeple and it can be seen from afar.

The man town in the Borough of Hackney is also called Hackney

Being the central area of its borough, Hackney E8 is the place with all the big retail zones and stores. Its previous name was Hackney Village. Unlike most areas we are not going to start with a church here as we begin talking about landmarks. Actually the Hackney Empire is the most notable building being called the oldest music hall in Britain. Another great place to visit is the Clowns Gallery-Museum.

White Cube GalleryHoxton’s name basically means “a farm belonging to Hoch” and derives from the old Hogesdon. If you walk around Hoxton Square which is a really nicely set up area in N1, you can also visit the White Cube Gallery. One of the oldest markets in London is also there and is of course called Hoxton Market – founded in 1687. Gainsborough Studios are located in Hoxton and this is where Alfred Hitchcock began his career.

Shacklewell has always had an interesting status as it was never too big to be considered a district but it is not a village either. It used to be one of four small settlements in the old Parish of Hackney. The Shacklewell Washing Baths is what is worth mentioning there in terms of a little stranger establishment.

Stamford Hill is an impressive place with its Hasidic community. It has the largest birthrate of all of London. The territory of the district is also the largest in Hackney. It became a trading outpost towards the middle of the 19th century due to the fact that it lies on the old Roman road of Ermine Street. A worldwide know singer in Leona Lewis is among the notable residents of the N15 area.

Haggerston is an urban district of Hackney and information about it was first recorded under the name of Hergotestane. Vikings were probably living there. The Hackney City Farm along with Haggerston Park provide the local population with green and open areas. A water reservoir called the Haggerston Pool was about a century old when it was closed in 2009. After a petition there is a plan for it to re-open.