Category Archive: Hackney

Jun 26

East End Canal Heritage

In the relatively short time I’ve lived in Hackney myself, I’ve seen a radical shift in the use of the canals in the area. For one, more and more people are living on them, with the costs of a barge and berthing being preferable to living in a minute flat with sky-high …

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Nov 13

A few notes about fishing…

Despite the never-ending autumn and very mild winter, I’m looking ahead to spring and have started to sort out my fishing gear. In my youth, I was a member of Luton Angling Club and fished many a match on the Grand Union Canal, mostly on stretches through Leighton Buzzard, such as Grove …

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Feb 24

Adam Dant’s ‘Industrious Shoreditch’

The Hackney Tools blog celebrates not only the modern makers of east London, but also the rich history of industry that was drawn to the area throughout the 18th-19thc. This map, drawn by cartographer Adam Dant, shows the variety of industry that occupied the area in the 1912. Adam Says: “I chose 1912 …

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Aug 05

Scything on Hackney Marshes

Round the corner from where we live are the Hackney Marshes. A training ground for many a young football player and also a are sanctuary for many forms of wildlife. Paths cross the Marshes from all directions and people use it to the full on the weekends especially, were you will see …

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Apr 05

Helping hands

The weeks headlines are a reminder that some people in the world are dealing with things on a daily basis that are hard for us to even imagine. It’s certainly very easy to get focused on the small things when you don’t have to worry about war, disease, or making your way …

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