South Hackney

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South Hackney
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Old Ford Road alongside Victoria Park, South Hackney, viewed from Cricketers Bridge
South Hackney is located in Greater London
South Hackney
South Hackney
South Hackney shown within Greater London
OS grid reference TQ355845
• Charing Cross 4.8 mi (7.7 km) SW
London borough
Ceremonial county Greater London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LONDON
Postcode district E3 E9
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament
London Assembly
List of places
51°32′35″N 0°02′51″W / 51.54314°N 0.04743°W / 51.54314; -0.04743Coordinates: 51°32′35″N 0°02′51″W / 51.54314°N 0.04743°W / 51.54314; -0.04743
A map showing the South Hackney ward of Hackney Metropolitan Borough as it appeared in 1916.

South Hackney is a sub-district of Hackney in London Borough of Hackney and Tower Hamlets in East London, and situated 4.8 miles (7.7 km) north east of Charing Cross.

In Tudor times, South Hackney consisted of two small settlements. One around the modern Grove and Lauriston Roads; the other where Grove Street and Well Street meet. There were two moated houses, the one on the north side of Well Street belonging to the Knights of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem, the Knights Hospitaller, in 1416. The house survived into the 18th century, but by then it was in decline and the tenants included chimney sweeps. This was commemorated by the name of the Two Black Boys public house.[1] which stood on the site now occupied by Bernie Grant House in Well Street.

In Church Crescent, near the church are six almshouses, created by a bequest from William Monger in 1669, and funded by land on Hackney Marshes. This land subsequently came into the control of Sir John Cass. The almshouses were rebuilt in 1849, with funds from Sir John Cass's Foundation.[2] A second almshouse was founded in 1857 in memory of South Hackney's first rector, Henry Handley Norris (1771–1850). Norris was a leading member of the Hackney Phalanx, a group of early nineteenth-century Anglican High Churchmen. His portrait hangs in the parish church.

Victoria Park was laid out between 1842–46, the large Victorian villas that characterise this area were built soon after. To the immediate south of the Park runs Hertford Union Canal, although this falls within Tower Hamlets.

South Hackney originally had a chapel of ease in Well Street, but became an independent parish in 1825, with the parish church of St John of Jerusalem erected in 1848 near Well Street Common.[3]

The Mossbourne Victoria Park Academy on the corner of Victoria Park Road and Lammas Walk utilises the buildings of the former French Hospital (La Providence), a home for elderly Huguenots. The French Hospital was built in the 1860s in the style of a French-Flemish chateau, designed by Robert Lewis Roumieu.

The area just south of Well Street features social housing such as the Kingshold and Shore Estates. The former New Kingshold Estate (built 1966, demolished 1996) was subject of a 1991 Channel 4 documentary Summer On The Estate highlighting some of the problems on the estate with crime and disrepair, and residents fight to improve it.[4]

The area is well served by shops, restaurants and public houses.


Transport and locale

Whilst there are no London Overground stations within the district, it is surrounded by stations in neighbouring districts - London Fields lies to the West, Homerton to the North, and Hackney Wick to the East of Victoria Park. The nearest London Underground station is Bethnal Green to the South.

Districts within the London Borough of Hackney.


  1. ^ Tudor Hackney at the National Archives Archived 9 May 2007 at the Wayback Machine. accessed 31 October 2006
  2. ^ Hackney: Charities for the Poor, A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 10: Hackney (1995), pp. 166-72 Date accessed: 31 October 2006.
  3. ^ Hackney in 1878 accessed 30 October 2006
  4. ^ "Summer on the Estate, 1990 - The Radical History of Hackney". Hackney History. 28 April 2011.
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