The borough of Hackney boasts a rich history that can be traced back to Roman times. The western boundary of the borough is still defined by the ancient Roman road of Ermine Street, laid when the surrounding land was covered with oak and hazel woodland criss-crossed by rivers and streams.
The oldest surviving dwelling in Hackney is Sutton House on Homerton High Street, originally built as Bryck Place for Tudor diplomat Sir Ralph Sadleir in 1535. From Tudor to late Georgian times, the village of Hackney flourished asa rural retreat – a period brought to an end only by the construction of the railway in the 1850’s. In fact the region didn’t change dramatically until Victorian times, when the area first began to resemble the Hackney we see today.
The modern borough of Hackney was formed in 1965 from the former metropolitan boroughs of Hackney, Shoreditch and Stoke Newington. Today, Hackney is a thriving, dynamic and multicultural community. With 62 parks and open spaces covering more than 800 acres, it is very proud of its status as inner London’s ‘greenest borough’. Hackney Marshes has the largest collection of football pitches in Europe and a major site for the 2012 Olympics. In fact the Olympics look set to leave a huge legacy in Hackney, both in terms of improved transport links and enhanced leisure facilities. Hackney has undergone massive regeneration in recent years and has developed into one of London’s most popular up-and-coming districts, further enhanced by the introduction of the East London Line.
The large stock of Georgian and Victorian terraces continue to undergo a process of gentrification, while ongoing development of new properties continues apace. Although Hackney is an increasingly sought-after area, the diverse range of Victorian terraced houses, contemporary apartments and stylish warehouse conversions means finding a property is usually not too difficult.
The Hackney Property Team
020 7549 0630
Nick has been working within the property sector, predominantly around the Hackney area for 10 years. Consistently a leading negotiator, Nick now heads up the sales department at Stirling Ackroyd. His knowledge and love of Hackney radiates to his team and anyone that cares to listen.
020 7940 6238
Andy has established himself in the property industry through 6 hard years of Lettings & property management, managing offices in east and south west London areas. After taking up a new challenge in Shoreditch Lettings with Stirling Ackroyd, Andy had swiftly been transferred to manage the Hackney Lettings office and is looking forward to the challenge of developing it even further, in what is an exciting time for the area.