Haggerston Pool. Closed in 2000. In the foreground is the southeast Asian refugee centre. Many Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laotian people have settled in Haggerston and nearby Shoreditch.
Haggerston shown within Greater London
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|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 has the 9th highest crime rate in 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.
Besides the Regents Canal, Haggerston Park, on the site of a demolished gasworks on Hackney Road, provides much-needed open space in the area. Also in the area is the Hackney City Farm. The Regent Estate provides the Regent Estate Pensioners Club/Hall and the Regent Estate Community Center/Hall which together provide community services and spaces for hire. The Regent Estate Pensioners Hall is also used as a Polling Station.
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.
This area of Hackney has a long association with clowning. Holy Trinity Church still hosts an annual clowns' service to commemorate Joseph Grimaldi and All Saints Centre at one time housed the Clowns Gallery and Museum, including 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. Other Anglican churches in Haggerston are All Saints, Haggerston Road; St Columba, Kingsland Road; and Sts Mary and Chad, Nichols Square.
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.
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The condemned Haggerston and Kingsland Estate was slated for demolition in the 1990s but the process did not get underway for another 20 years. In 2009 artists Andrea Luka Zimmerman and Lasse Johansson, who lived on the Haggerston Estate on Dunston Road, created the I AM HERE project, placing on the building large portrait photographs of the current estate residents who were about to be moved out so the building could be demolished. These faced the Regent's Canal and were popular with passersby. The project came down in April 2014.
On the Kingsland Estate in Whiston Road, Egyptian painter Nazir Tanbouli created the "King's Land" project where, in the space of 4 months, he covered all of the buildings of the condemned estate with murals. The Kingsland Estate was demolished in late 2013.
- William Randal Cremer Liberal MP for Haggerston, pacifist and winner of the 1903 Nobel Peace Prize
- Edmund Halley, astronomer, was born here in 1656.
- Owen James, economist, was raised here.
- Iain Sinclair, writer
- Nazir Tanbouli, artist
- Rachel Whiteread, sculptor
- The Little Sisters of Jesus opened their first London community here in 1989.
- '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
- Dangerfield, Andy (2013-02-04). "BBC News - Clowns in Joseph Grimaldi church tribute service". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-01-19.
- Blagdon-Gamlen, P. E. (1973) The Church Travellers Directory. London: Church Literature Association; p. 3
- Council Elections 2006 results for Haggerston (LB Hackney) accessed 11 May 2010
- Jones, T. E. (2003?) Father Wilson of Haggerston : a life simply offered. London: Anglo Catholic History Society (biography of Herbert Arthur Wilson of St Augustine's church, Haggerston)
|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