A series of free events exploring the wonderful heritage of Hackney
Monday 15th June 2015 @ The Round Chapel
Expeditions in Hackney Subterranea with a few diversions around the circuit of the Overground Railway
Iain Sinclair’s new book “Overground” is a meditation on a circular tour of London following the London Overground. His talk will explore Hackney above and below ground including the Mole Man of Hackney and the basement excavators of Finsbury Park with some diversions above ground along the “Ginger Line”.
Tuesday 16th June 2015 @ The Tower
Simon Inglis: Played in Hackney
Sport has played an integral part in Hackney life for centuries. In an illustrated talk, Simon Inglis, author of Played in London (published by English Heritage) revisits cricket at the Spotted Dog, rowing on the Lea, pedestrians at the Wick, football on the Marshes and cycle speedway at the Rec.
Wednesday 17th June 2015 @ The Tower
Thomas Fairchild - Lost but not Forgotten
The body of Thomas Fairchild, of Hoxton, father of plant hybridisation, lies in an unmarked grave somewhere beneath a derelict piece of land on Hackney Road. Linda’s Wilkinson, whose family has been in the East End for at least 400 years, will discuss the man, his work and the Hoxton in which he lived in the 1600’s.
Thursday 18th June 2015 @ The Tower
Sean Gubbins: Rhodes Town
In 1789 the Rhodes family bought 140 acres of Lamb Farm in south Dalston. Within 70 years they had transformed it into the streets we recognise today. Using recent research, Sean Gubbins will tell us about the area’s development, the landowners, the builders, the architecture and the first inhabitants: an example of Hackney’s (and London’s) expansion in the 19th century.
Friday 20th June 2015 @ The Tower
Andrew Gurr & Eva Griffith:
Shakespeare in Shoreditch
The first purpose-built amphitheatre playhouses were built in Shoreditch, and significant plays by William Shakespeare were first publicly performed there. What do we know about William Shakespeare's times in Shoreditch? Andrew Gurr, professor emeritus of Reading University and author of The Shakespearean Stage will talk on the subject along with Eva Griffith, seventeenth-century theatre historian.
Our Spectacular Venues:
The Round Chapel
1d Glenarm Road (Off Lower Clapton Road)
St Augustine’s Tower St John’s Churchyard
Behind 354 Mare Street
Doors open at 7pm for refreshments and tours of the Chapel/Tower, with talks commencing at 7.30pm promptly.
All talks are free but donations are very welcome!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02089860029 to book as spaces are very limited. *Please note, talks @ The Tower will be taking please on the first floor, accessible via a stone spiral staircase – if you have any special requirements regarding access please contact us to discuss in advance. The Round Chapel has full disabled access.
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