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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Emma Bartholomew looks back at the history of Britannia Leisure Centre, which is at risk of demolition if council plans come to fruition

You’ve probably walked past these buildings – and ignored them – dozens of times. But photographer Simon Phipps feels it’s time we started to celebrate the post-war brutalist architecture that is all over the capital.

The Rio is launching a campaign this year to restore the Art Deco picture palace to its former glory. Emma Bartholomew looks back at its past century.

A campaign has been launched to give a Stoke Newington pub protected status over fears it could become yet another restaurant.

A historian who knows more about Stoke Newington than most has decided to share his archives with, well, the whole world.

Reporter Emma Bartholomew speaks to Peter the Pleater, who is leaving his eponymous Shoreditch premises - 34 years after setting up shop there

The Rochester Castle has been a popular Stoke Newington boozer for centuries. We delved into its past (and discovered its nickname among regulars)

St Augustine’s Tower is the only grotto in Hackney over 500 years old. Emma Bartholomew hears from Laurie Elks about its history as a social, sacred and political landmark.

Eithne Nightingale, a writer, photographer and researcher has been studying child migration to the East End for more than 10 years. Now, she and producer Mitch Harris have made films documenting the incredible journeys made by three children to Hackney.

Finsbury Park’s running track has endured a troubled recent history. But years of hard work mean our athletics clubs have an exciting future, the Gazette hears.

It’s important to the life of the theatre, and key to its survival and growth. Susie McKenna chats with The Gazette about the history of panto at the Empire

Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville held his own against former Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman, when the abrasive interviewer tried to insinuate he wasn’t in touch with his electorate.

Students at The Urswick School, Paragon Road, marked Armistice Day with a special service on Friday morning.

Hackney residents joined ex-service men and women to remember the fallen at the borough’s Remembrance Sunday parade and church service on Sunday,

As Stoke Newington Methodist Church marks its double centenary, Emma Bartholomew hears about some of its longest-serving players

It may have lasted just nine months, but the 1968 Antiuniversity’s legacy has endured. Sam Gelder got educated on the radical project – and its revival

Emma Bartholomew meets the Andersons as the family wind down their 160-year-old Hoxton bakery firm

Campaigners for Dalston music venue Passing Clouds will have the chance to buy the building after it was given protected status by Hackney Council.

Newington Green Unitarian Church is in desperate need of repair. Nothing unusual there. What sets it apart, finds James Morris, are the 300 years of radical history witnessed by its crumbling walls.

Emma Bartholomew meets author Patrick Wiegand, whose grandparents ran an orphanage in Dalston – for Germans

As protesters occupy the old Camelot HQ in Hoxton, Emma Bartholomew explores Hackney’s squatting history – and finds some surprises.

Sixth-formers from four Hackney schools took a trip to Auschwitz as part of a campaign to ensure the terrible lessons of the Second World War are remembered by this generation. The Gazette was there.

Ever wondered about the history of Stoke Newington’s grand old buildings? Well now you can quite literally take a glimpse into the past.

Every week the Gazette will delve into its archives to see what was happening in Hackney 30 and 60 years ago. This week features a “horrible hospital wrangle” and a murder trial.

A travelling exhibition celebrating the contributions of Caribbean nurses, who were recruited to the NHS between 1949 and 1970, sparked vivid memories for one 81-year-old of her time working on a psychiatric ward.

Vivian Usherwood is the subject of an exhibition for Black History Month. Emma Bartholomew discovers the tragic Hackney boy whose poetry found its way into schools across the country.

Two inspirational community leaders were honoured at a cultural event celebrating Black History month from a Francophone perspective.

As Hackney Chess Club is crowned the best in England, we took a look at its humble beginnings and heard why it’s not just a ‘stuffy old club’.

A hero firefighter who died on a job 47 years ago has been honoured with a plaque at Shoreditch Fire Station.

Old Gazette cuttings discovered in a dusty old book in west London have shone a light on the chronic housing problem for injured veterans after the First World War.

Every week the Gazette will delve into its archives to see what was happening in Hackney 30 and 60 years ago. This week features a sadly familiar housing problem blighting Hackney in 1986.

The Baddeley Brothers, a family of printers, have been at the heart of Hackney’s industry for more than 150 years. We take a look at the family tree.

Emma Bartholomew meets Norris Raymond, who has been working with leather and sheepskin in the East End since the 1960s.

It may have been closed four weeks ago but the community support for Passing Clouds is alive and well judging by the scenes in Dalston on Saturday.

They escaped from the Nazis, fled persecution in eastern Europe and moved from an overpopulated East End. And they made Hackney their home.

Spectacular costumes, breathtaking dancing, irresistible music. Emma Bartholomew looks back at Hackney’s carnival history.

As one of Hackney’s four licensed sex venues closes down, Emma Bartholomew looks back on the heyday of the Shoreditch ‘strip mile’.

Every week the Gazette will delve into its archives to see what was happening in Hackney 30 and 60 years ago. This week features an early court date for the Kray twins, back in 1956.

Youngsters were challenged to design and build a huge Meccano-style entrance way for Sutton House to prove that children can be as capable and inventive as adults when it comes to architecture.

Maisie Spooner, who served in the Auxiliary Fire Service in the war, died last month. The Gazette finds out how Hackney owes her a huge debt.

Filmmaker Ashton John has captured four people’s memories of Hackney dating back as far as 70 years. Emma Bartholomew previews his exhibition which will be showing at the Bootstrap building in Ashwin Street.

The historic Well Street Market is set to reopen in October, eight years after traders packed up their stalls and left.

The Clowns’ Gallery in Dalston opens just once a month. The Gazette asks Mattie, Bluebottle, Spotty and Gingernutt about the history behind its doors.

Not interested in paying upwards of £4.50 for a pint? Fed up of fancy sausage rolls and scotch eggs? Sam Gelder tells the 150-year story of one of Hackney’s last “proper” pubs.

Every week the Gazette will delve into its archives to see what was happening in Hackney 30 and 60 years ago.

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