Category Archive: Hackney

Mar 18

Shoreditch Wood Turning Co.

Mike Butcher forwarded some photos of local interest to me of an oak occasional table he had recently purchased. Badged by the maker ‘Shoreditch Wood Turning Co, 147 Hackney Road’. This was no doubt a thriving little business at one point, (although now the premises are occupied by a bicycle shop). Anyone know how long …

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Feb 20

D.i.y Dad

Ok, half-term has arrived, and so instead of building nice storage cabinets for some of my tools, I’m getting on with my kitchen renovation. Apologies for lack of blog posts over the last couple of weeks. I’ve been sorting plumbers and electricians and have myself been starting on the floor. I plan …

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Jan 10

An excerpt from ‘Shoreditch Tales’

The following text is from ‘Shoreditch Tales’, by Carolyn Clark & Linda Wilkinson. I’m very pleased that Carolyn Clark gave me permission to reproduce chapter eight, entitled ‘Work’, which for me was a most interesting insight into the furniture trades of Hackney. (Carolyn is currently doing a project on heritage of Regent’s Canal in Hackney and the buildings which line it. If you have anything about timberyards/factories etc, please contact her through the Shoreditch Tales website).

Jan 09

Maurice Franklin, Wood Turner

I couldn’t resist asking for permission to re-use the pictures from this post from the quite wonderful Spitalfields Life. Please click through to read the heart-warming story of Maurice Franklin, who still works as a wood-turner in the back of The Spindle Shop on Hackney Road in east London. …

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Jan 04

Sutton House, Hackney

At the end of our high street, rather in contrast to the second hand shops, estate agents and fried chicken shops, you will find Sutton House. It is a Tudor House, built in 1535 by prominent courtier of Henry VIII, Sir Ralph Sadleir. It has been home to merchants, Huguenot silkweavers, and squatters. …

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