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This group is for photos of the eastern London Borough of Hackney, an area of great contrasts, where shabby - and not so shabby - inner city estates rub shoulders with carefully manicured gardens and parks, and the local economy covers a spectrum from the run-down industrial sites on the Lee River to the new media and arts scene of Hoxton and Shoreditch.

To find out more about this ever changing borough and its many and varied districts, see

Please don't add substantially similar images of the same subject - if people want to see more they can always visit your photostream - just choose your best shot and add that. Offending multiples will be deleted without notice.

Latest rule: All shots of flowers, other plant material or nature in general that do not contain urban context, preferably Hackney urban context, may be removed summarily. Flower macros and close-ups will be removed summarily..


A map of Hackney is featured further down the page. But there are some areas that seem to cause persistent confusion, shots of Brick Lane and Spitalfields in general turn up here regularly, for example. There are good historical reasons for some of this [see note further down the page], but just so you can be sure that your shot is one of HACKNEY:

NOT IN HACKNEY: Spitalfields, the area to the south and east of Shoreditch High Street, is not in Hackney, but in the neighbouring borough of Tower Hamlets (Brick Lane is mostly Spitalfields, though the southern end is in Whitechapel - Tower Hamlets areas get pretty confusing). Most of Newington Green is in Islington, only the North side (the side with the Unitarian Chapel on it) is in Hackney.
Columbia Road, famed for its flower market, is in Bethnal Green, again in Tower Hamlets, NOT in Hackney

Although Victoria Park, East London's finest open space, is also entirely in Tower Hamlets, this is a more ambiguous case, as at various points Hackney has co-managed the park and Hackney people may feel a certain pride of ownership here. (i.e. we're likely to be gentler with Vicky Park shots)

In Hackney: Stoke Newington, though it has a distinct character of its own is in Hackney, as are Shoreditch and Hoxton. (The only problem here is that estate agents are labelling huge swathes of the East End as being Shoreditch, not just Spitalfields, but right into Bethnal Green and Whitechapel.)

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A rough map of Hackney

Map of Hackney

Districts of Hackney
As has happened in Shoreditch (of course!), it may be that more of these will in time acquire their own Flickr groups.

De Beauvoir Town
Hackney Downs
Hackney Central (in past times 'Hackney Proper')
Hackney Marshes
Hackney Wick
Lea Bridge
London Fields
Lower Clapton
Shoreditch (alternate)
South Hackney
Stamford Hill
Stoke Newington
Upper Clapton

Why 'Hackney' is confusing (just in case you wanted to know).

The reason for the general muddle over what is and isn't Hackney is basically due to its rapid historical expansion.

1) Before 1899, 'Hackney' was used to refer to the Parish of Hackney, which was admittedly the largest administrative parish in east London. However, even in this day, people would refer to Hackney as the central area of the parish, which had absorbed other settlements such as Homerton and Hackney Wick. This usage of Hackney continues - it's denoted as 'Hackney central' above.

2) In 1899, the parish became the Metropolitan Borough of Hackney. Although this was a minor change relative to the next one, some land was absorbed to the north.

3) In 1965, The Metropolitan Borough was combined with the boroughs of Shoreditch and Stoke Newington to form the London Borough of Hackney. Obviously this was a major change, and may underly the feeling that the other two areas are 'not quite Hackney'.

Hence the three usages: the central part of the borough around the top of Mare Street; the rough area of the old parish and borough; and the post-1965 borough. It is the last definition (as the least confusing) that this group adheres to.

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