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The social and industrial history of Hackney Wick, a guided walk
Thu 1 June 2017, 18:30 – 20:30 BST
Hackney Wick was once a little hamlet in the marshlands of the Lea Valley. People kept cattle, and there were watermills out here. The arrival of the canals, then the railways, made this an ideal place to site dangerous and noxious industries that were being pushed out of town.
My recent photo above does not give the full picture of Hackney Wick. There are some great new bars and the well-regarded Yard Theatre. Across the Lee Navigation lie the wide open spaces of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Subject to agreement, we could stop for a coffee halfway round the walk.
This circular guided walk uncovers hundreds of years of constant change. Remains of the past are still to be seen. I’ll bring old maps and photos out with me to show you how different life was here. I’ll tell you the history of the factories, and the stories of the people who worked in them.
I’ve spent a long while digging around in archives to uncover the story of Hackney Wick. Join me to discover the fascinating, and largely hidden, history of this vibrant area.