Haggerston Pool. Closed in 2000. In the foreground is the southeast Asian refugee centre. Many Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laotian people have formed communities in Haggerston and nearby Shoreditch.
Haggerston shown within Greater London
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|- Charing Cross||3.6 mi (5.8 km) SW|
|Ceremonial county||Greater London|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|UK Parliament||Hackney South & Shoreditch|
|London Assembly||North East|
Haggerston is an area and an electoral ward in the London Borough of Hackney, in northeast London, UK. It is bounded by Hackney Road to the south, Kingsland Road to the west, Middleton Road to the north, with London Fields and Broadway Market to the east. In the 1990s a number of the area's more rundown housing estates were refurbished and some disused public buildings were privately converted into gated communities.
The area today has the highest crime rate of the borough of Hackney.
Haggerston is first recorded in the Domesday Book as Hergotestane, possibly of Viking origin, and an outlying hamlet of Shoreditch. On Rocque's 1745 map of Hackney, the village is shown as Agostone but by the 19th century it had become part of the growing urban sprawl, with factories and streets of workers' cottages lining the canal.
The proximity to Hoxton and Shoreditch has made the area popular with students and workers in the creative industries, as these nearby areas have grown more expensive. In recent years, escalating property prices have driven commercial art galleries further into east London, which has exacerbated this effect.
A shortage of secondary school places has made the area less attractive to families but this is likely to change with the building of a City Academy on Laburnum Street.
Many Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laotian people have formed communities in Haggerston and nearby Shoreditch. Outside the area, the most visible sign of this is the profusion of Southeast Asian restaurants on nearby Kingsland Road in Shoreditch and on Mare Street in Hackney. There is also a notable Russian community focused on bars and cafés along Kingsland Road.
The Grade II listed Haggerston Pool, designed by Alfred Cross and opened in 1904, was closed in 2000. In June 2009, after a long community campaign, a £5m grant was announced from the Department for Children, Schools and Families to refurbish and re-open the pool. The building would also contain community facilities and a GP surgery.
The All Saints Centre in Haggerston Road has a long association with clowning—the church hosting an annual "Clowns service" to commemorate Joseph Grimaldi. It housed the Clowns Gallery and Museum, founded in 1960, and the clown archive. This included props and a unique collection of painted eggs, serving as the 'registration' of clowns' make-up. Much of the collection is now on display at Wookey Hole, but the church retains a small exhibition.
The ward returns three councillors to Hackney Council, with an election every four years. At the election on 6 May 2010, Ann Munn, Jonathan McShane, and Barry Buitekant, all Labour Party candidates, were returned. Turnout was 54%; with 5,006 votes cast.
- Edmund Halley, astronomer, was born here in 1656.
- Gillian McIver, filmmaker, writer
- Iain Sinclair, writer
- Nazir Tanbouli, artist
- Lasse Johansson, filmmaker
- Rachel Whiteread, sculptor
- William Randal Cremer Liberal MP for Haggerston, pacifist and winner of the 1903 Nobel Peace Prize.
- Owen James, economist, was raised here.
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- 'The northern suburbs: Haggerston and Hackney', Old and New London: Volume 5 (1878), pp. 505-24 accessed: 6 December 2006
- Jun 2009 15%3A50%3A58%3A487 Cash for historic baths—what the Edwardians did for us Peter Sherlock 25 June 2009 (Hackney Gazette) accessed 27 June 2009
- Council Elections 2006 results for Haggerston (LB Hackney) accessed 11 May 2010
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Haggerston.|
- Haggerston Community Centre
- Opening Haggerston Pool 1904
- Hackney City Farm
- Haggerston ward profile
- Labour Party profile of Jonathan McShane
- Labour Party profile of Barry Buitekant
- The Clowns' Gallery, Museum and Archive
- London Natural History Society website "one of the largest societies of its kind anywhere in the world"
- Terrence Mahoney's Wartime memories of Haggerston