landscape of what is now the London Borough of Hackney has
changed dramatically from Roman times. From the woodland through
which the Romans carved the first road, now Kingsland Road,
the land remained predominately agricultural until the Victorian
period. The green fields gave way to the brickfields of housing
developments and industry, which still characterise Hackney
This site graphically explores the events
and people that fuelled this transformation. The main body
of the site is for anybody interested in Hackney from Roman
times to the present day. In addition there are two sections
aimed at family learning; Homes through Time and Victorian
Hackney. These are for adults and children to learn together
and they contain activities and games.
The messageboard is for anyone who has
a Hackney query or memory they would like to share.
'Brickfields', C.H.Matthews c.1830, © London