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‘Beating The Bounds’ 1

30 May 2021 @ 11:00 am 1:00 pm

The Border Between Islington And Hackney:

‘Beating the Bounds’ to mark and confirm the borders between parishes is an ancient tradition, where the border was literally paced out, agreed and marked with stones each year. This is the first of a series of planned walks exploring the borders of today’s Islington Borough, looking at how this has evolved over the centuries due to a mix of changing land ownership, parish church catchments, significance of early settlements and roads, and natural features such as springs and ponds.

This first walk between Islington and Hackney boroughs follows the lines of Balls Pond Road and Southgate Road. There’s a wealth of interest on either side of the border, including a leper hospital, almshouses, inns of pleasure and ill repute, pretty 19C residential roads, market gardens, a livestock market, vanished churches, factories and a manor house.

This walk starts and ends in De Beauvoir Square (5 minutes from Haggerston Overground).

Upcoming date: Sunday 30th May 2021, 11am