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HACKNEY HISTORY

Thomas J Price and Veronica Ryan have been commissioned to create the first permanent public sculptures to to honour the Windrush Generation in the UK, which will be unveiled next year.

Hackney Council is set to reveal the winner of a major new artwork which will be be commissioned for the Town Hall Square on Monday, in the highlight of its annual Windrush festival.

One visitor described Hackney Council’s second laundrette as a “housewife’s Godsend”, this week 30 years ago when it opened on the Trelawney Estate, this week 60 years ago.

The Gazette reported how an army medic married a police typist he met while he was based in Hackney during a five-month ambulance strike, this week 30 years ago.

The Duke of Edinburgh joined an East End CID force when they rushed to investigate a smash-and-grab.

In a U-turn Hackney Council decided to scrap its £80m plan to build offices for 2,500 staff on land behind the town hall. Instead it was going ahead with a much smaller £31m development to house just 600 staff.

An “all-out” campaign to boycott South African goods because of apartheid was planned in four Hackney market areas, this week 60 years ago.

Photographer Alan Denney came across pictures of his wife when he went through 12,000 slides found in the Rio three years ago. Now he’s restored them, people who lived in Hackney in the 80s are being invited to have a peek, to see what memories they inspire ahead of an exhibition at Hackney Museum in May.

An exotic parrot at death’s door was nursed back to health by a mongrel dog who had been left to die in a rubbish bin, this week 30 years ago.

A house in Hackney Central where dozens of nannies from South Asia sought refuge after being abandoned by the families who brought them over to the UK could soon be commemorated with a blue plaque. Emma Bartholomew finds out more.

Author Carolyn Clark tells Emma Bartholomew how The East End Canal Tales draws on 50 people’s memories to tell of intriguing, moving and often surprising stories of life and work on the Regent’s and Hertford Union Canals over 200 years.

Angry education chiefs and teachers hit out at claims that Hackney’s secondary school kids weren’t getting a decent education, this week 30 years ago.

A Dalston newsagent was accused of stealing three million cigarettes off a lorry, this week 60 years ago.

Bombed-out houses, kids playing in the streets, and factories abuzz with workers.

Tens of thousands of pounds had been paid out to officers who no longer worked at Hackney Council, the Gazette reported this week 30 years ago.

The mother of a runaway Gretna Green bride appealed to her daughter to return home, this week 60 years ago.

The boom in post-war housing is often associated with the Clement Attlee government after the Second World War. Today, however, historian Dr Michael Passmore tells Emma Bartholomew about the post-war social housing built in Hackney after the First World War, and the beginnings of council housing.

Two men arrested in the maternity department at Hackney Hospital appeared at North London Magistrate’s Court accused of forging a War Department Internal Security MI5 card, with intent to deceive this week 60 years ago.

A patient lay dead for three weeks in the grounds of Hackney Hospital, despite intensive searches by nursing and security staff, this week 30 years ago.

Hackney police station in Lower Clapton Road was the first police station in the country to be fitted out with sophisticated, hi-tech sound-proofed interview rooms,” the Gazette reported this week 30 years ago.

Police held back crowds lining the pavement in Stamford Hill at the launch of Britain’s first ever American style bowling centre, this week 60 years ago.

A baby weighing 11lb was born at Homerton Hospital, the Gazette reported this week 60 years ago.

A ferocious fighting dog savaged a volunteer police woman, the Gazette reported this week 30 years ago.

A Barclays bank manager thought a former employee was playing a practical joke on him this week 60 years ago, when he answered the door and was confronted by a man with a handkerchief over his face pointing a pistol at him.

The Gazette reported how a mum-to-be gave birth in the back of a police car, this week 30 years ago.

A clown and contortionist made his fortune travelling the world before settling down in Dalston as a pub landlord. Emma Bartholomew speaks to his great great grandaughter and an amateur genealogist fascinated by his story.

Syd’s coffee stall will be donated to the Museum of London’s collection when it closes for business for the last time tomorrow, after over 100 years of trading.

The first trial for LSD manufacture was held 50 years ago, after a small pharmacy in New North Road was raided by the police. Christy Lawrance, the former editor of the Journal of the Islington Archaeology and History Society, follows the case

Emma Bartholomew finds out more about the Loddiges family whose botanical gardens in Hackney rivalled Kew’s in the 1800s, when their greenhouse was the world’s biggest – and whose last living vestiges may be the town hall’s palm trees

Proposals to set up an annexe to Covent Garden Market at the junction of Old Street with City Road were branded “complete madness”.

Bishop of Stepney Rev Jim Thompson had accused Hackney businessman David Benyacott’s step-by-step guide to the occult as “evil”. He warned of the dangers of dabbling in the occult and said Mr Benyacott was not a witch but a magician.

It’s 500 years since the priest, courtier and diplomat Christopher Urswick financed the re-building Hackney’s old church. Emma Bartholomew finds out more about the man believed to have come up with the red rose symbol in the War of the Roses.

Toni Blake has donated memorabilia to the Bishopsgate Institute about a gay self-defence class that launched in Dalston in the 1980s. She tells Emma Bartholomew how being attacked while walking home one night gave her the idea to launch the sessions

A new-look Narrow Way was unveiled this week 30 years ago – but worried parents dubbed it a “Brands Hatch-style death trap”.

In the days before breathalysers, the Gazette devoted several inches of column space to the not-very-scientific way in which a doctor who was accused of drink driving was assessed.

Many towpath users will enjoy seeing the two Regent’s Canal gasholders that form an iconic view from London Fields. But not many will know their days could be numbered. Emma Bartholomew finds out why local historian Tom Ridge is calling for their preservation

The Pitcairn Islands might well be the most remote country on earth to issue its own stamps – and one features St Augustine’s Tower. Emma Bartholomew finds out how John Adams – who the capital Adamstown is named after – moved from Hackney to the South Pacific after taking part in the Mutiny on the Bounty

It’s 50 years since the Peter Bedford Housing Association was founded off the back of a project set up by a Pentonville Prison officer to boost ex-offenders’ self-worth. Emma Bartholomew speaks to an original tenant who remembers the pioneering, supportive communities established as a result

Pupils dressed up in 1940s style on Friday to celebrate Benthal Primary School’s 70th anniversary. Emma Bartholomew looks back at the history of the school that Hackney Council threatened to knock down in the 1970s and again in the last decade

Antoinetta Saviano was surprised on her wedding day when a horse-drawn carriage turned up to take her to church instead of a Rolls Royce, the Gazette reported this week 30 years ago.

Poems and stories about African women’s experiences during the First World War are detailed in an anthology that’s just been published – but the writers had to use their imaginations to pen the tales due to the dearth of historic material.

​Emma Bartholomew finds out about a radical 18th century chapel and the people who worshipped there – who are now buried in a secretive graveyard with no way in or out (except to jump over the fence like we did)

Ken Worpole tells Emma Bartholomew about meeting Alexander Baron - a Stoke Newington novelist who’s gone under the radar - but whose book about the D-Day landings is being republished by the Imperial War Museum this autumn

​Plans for the Lea Valley Regional Park at one time mooted turning Hackney Wick woodland into a Japanese garden and to build a fairground at Lea Bridge to “rival Tivoli Gardens”. Long time critic of the authority which runs the park, Laurie Elks, tells Emma Bartholomew about his campaign

A bakery firm was fined for selling a loaf of bread containing a “dismembered” cockroach, this week 60 years ago.

At a time when posters were the best way of sharing ideas but printing was pricey, a workshop in Lenthall helped ordinary people with campaigns from Gay Liberation to anti-racism and feminism. Emma Bartholomew finds out more

The father of Colin Roach who died of gunshot wounds in the foyer of Stoke Newington police station won £12,500 damages from the police.

A man who was arrested five minutes before the execution of Roland Marwood at Pentonville pleaded not guilty to being drunk and disorderly outside the prison.

Playwright and community activist Ray Barron Woolford is on a mission to bring Kath Duncan – who he argues is the most important civil rights activist in the UK in the past 100 years – out of the shadows. He tells Emma Bartholomew why.

When the Gazette caught up with Bob Cooke 10 years ago, he vowed his family would keep the pie and mash shop that’s been in his family for four generations going as there would ‘always be a little niche’ for the East End tradition. Next week it’s closing down. Emma Bartholomew finds out why.

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