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De Beauvoir Town – royal hunting ground to 19C residential estate

12 March 2022 @ 2:00 pm 4:15 pm

De Beauvoir lies in today’s London Borough of Hackney and is still sometimes called ‘Kingsland’ because Henry VIII hunted here. It is distinct from but nestled up close to Dalston, London Fields, the Regent’s Canal, Shoreditch, south east Islington and Mildmay. It is also known locally as ‘the jam between the Islington and Hackney sandwich’!

This walk explores the origins of the area, including a grand manor house from the 1600s which eventually became a ‘mad house’, then legal wrangles leading to extensive 19C residential development of pretty streets and a stunning square. We will also hear of lost churches, a canal basin with wharves that supplied much of the building material for today’s houses, a factory powered by tall windmills, the significance of horse stabling and much more.

Numbers are limited, so please pre-book only on Eventbrite, and be aware that Covid-related requirements may still change at short notice. There is also a second date for this walk, on Wednesday 6th April and on the same booking link.

The walk will start at Haggerston Station, last 2 – 2 1/4 hours and end near the canal and Southgate Road.

E8 4DY United Kingdom