Stoke Newington History Talks no. 17

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Stoke Newington History Talks no. 17

Stoke Newington History Talks no. 17

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St Matthias Halls Wordsworth Road London N16 8DD United Kingdom

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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You are invited to the 17th Stoke Newington History Talks event; an evening of three talks about Stoke Newington's history from different perspectives organised by local history enthusiast Amir Dotan ( Twitter: @HistoryOfStokey Instagram: @StokeNewingtonHistory Facebook: StokeNewingtonHistory).

The event will be held in St Matthias Halls, Wordsworth Rd N16 8DD opposite Belgrade Rd. Each talk is 25min followed by 5min Q&A. There'll be a 10min break between each talk and a bar with a selection of beer and wine.

Tickets are £7 with the proceeds going to charity. This time, proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to; The official fundraising effort by Embassy of Ukraine to the UK. The last nine events raised £5,248 for local charities (Hackney Winter Night Shelter, North London Action for the Homeless, Pets Against Loneliness, Hackney Migrant Centre, Hackney Foodbank, Hackney Playbus, National Food Service North London, The Literacy Pirates).

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The History of Stoke Newington Street Names by Amir Dotan

Ever wondered why the footpath off Albion Road is named Town Hall Approach and what's the history behind the names Summerhouse Road and Fleetwood Street? If so, then you are in for a treat as this talk will dive into the history of various street names in Stoke Newington. Street names often provide a glimpse into the history of a particular location or the area more generally. Some are quite obvious and others are more ambiguous. All shall be revealed in this talk!

Amir Dotan ( has been researching and sharing the history of Stoke Newington as a hobby since 2013. He shares his findings on TwitterFacebookInstagram. He started 'Stoke Newington History Talks' in 2016. 

From Parish to Borough - The Boundaries of Stoke Newington by Tom Hilverkus

The perception of where exactly Stoke Newington starts and ends has shifted over the years. However, the boundary of the ancient parish remained unchanged for several centuries and formed the basis for the creation of the metropolitan borough in 1900. A few boundary markers remain and offer a glimpse into the past as they also reveal the existence of the long-gone council district of South Hornsey. Not many people are aware that there were exclaves and even a county boundary in the middle of Stoke Newington. In this talk you’ll learn what the ‘political map’ used to look like before 1900, how the shapes of some houses reveal where the boundary used to be and where to look out for those hidden boundary markers.

Tom Hilverkus has been researching the boundaries and wider history of local government areas in Inner London since 2010. He recently started sharing his findings on Twitter on @Ldn_Boundaries

The Line that Turned Orange - A History of Railways in Stoke Newington by Simon Kendler

The Stoke Newington & Edmonton Railway was opened by the Great Eastern Railway in 1872. It was served by steam engines of various companies for almost a century before modernisation came in 1960 with electrification. In the 1970s the original station building was replaced by a BR standard design and today, it lies on the West Anglia services of TfL's London Overground with some of Britain's most modern rolling stock. This talk will give a brief history of railway development in the area and show how the railway has had a significant effect on the development of the area over time. 

Simon Kendler is a north Londoner who works for Network Rail and has been interested in the railway and its history all his life. He is also a Hidden London guide at the London Transport Museum and can be found on Twitter on @SimonZev 


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