List of people from Hackney

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Among those who were born in the London Borough of Hackney (About this sound pronunciation ), or have dwelt within the borders of the modern borough are (alphabetical order, within category):

Notable residents[edit]

Key to "Notes" regarding the residents' affiliation to Hackney
Letter Description
B Indicates that the resident was born in Hackney.
D Indicates that the resident died in Hackney.
I Indicates that the subject is buried in Hackney.
L Indicates that the resident lived in Hackney.
Citations in the Notes box refer to the information in the entire row

Academia and research[edit]

Name Notability District[1] Notes[2]
Arthur Aikin FLS and founder of the Chemical Society of London Hoxton L
Revd George Collison First President of Hackney Academy Homerton L
William Godwin Political philosopher (studied) Hoxton L[3]
Philip Henry Gosse Naturalist De Beauvoir Town L[4]
Edmond Halley Astronomer Haggerston B[5]
George Loddiges Horticulturalist and scientist Hackney L/I[6]
Sir Charles Martin FRS FRCS Scientist; a director of the Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine Dalston B
Richard Price Philosopher, mathematician, and first actuary Newington Green D[7]
Leonard Woolley Archaeologist and discoverer of Ur. Upper Clapton L[8]

Arts and entertainment[edit]

1907 Hetty King sheet music cover, 1907

Business and finance[edit]

Name Notability District[1] Notes[2]
Robert Aske Merchant and philanthropist Hoxton L
Sir John Harvey Jones Businessman and television presenter B
Moses Montefiore Financier and philanthropist Stamford Hill L
Samuel Rogers poet and banker
Nathan Meyer Rothschild Financier Stamford Hill L
Alan, Lord Sugar Businessman and celebrity L


Name Notability District[1] Notes[2]
Ronald and Reginald Kray Crime gang leaders Hoxton B
Dick Turpin Highwayman, plied his trade Kingsland Road and in
Stoke Newington

Engineering and technology[edit]

Name Notability District[1] Notes[2]
Sir Francis Beaufort Hydrographer Buried in Saint John's Church Gardens.
Hackney Central
Joseph Priestley Chemist and philosopher Preached at the Gravel Pit Meeting, in
Homerton and lived in Lower Clapton

Journalism and the media[edit]

Name Notability District[1] Notes[2]
Benjamin Cohen Internet entrepreneur and journalist Hoxton L[20]
Mel Calman Cartoonist and writer Stamford Hill B[21]
Robert Crampton Journalist South Hackney L[22]
Trevor Nelson DJ (and MBE) Hoxton L


Mary Wollstonecraft, (c. 1797); a painting by John Opie
Name Notability District[1] Notes[2]
Grace Aguilar writer Hoxton
Anna Laetitia Barbauld poet
buried in Saint Mary's Church
Stoke Newington L/I[23]
Alexander Baron Writer
(including The Lowlife set in the area)
Hackney Downs School B[24]
Rosa Nouchette Carey Children's novelist Tryons Road L[25]
Daniel Defoe writer and spy (educated) Stoke Newington L[26]
Siobhan Dowd Author Haggerston L
Sir Edmund Gosse poet, author and critic De Beauvoir Town L[27]
Kate Greenaway Children's llustrator Hoxton L[28]
William Hazlitt writer (educated) Homerton L
Mary Howitt poet and translator Upper Clapton L
Harold Pinter playwright and Nobel Prize winner Hackney Downs School L[29]
Edgar Allan Poe writer (educated) Stoke Newington L[30]
Michael Rosen Children's Laureate 2007–2009 Dalston L[31]
Iain Sinclair writer Haggerston L
Mary Wollstonecraft reformer and writer, mother of Mary Shelley Hoxton
She also had a school at Newington Green and attended Newington Green Unitarian Church

Lucy Aikin, a biographer, daughter of John James Burgh, writer, educationalist and philosopher Samuel Rogers, poet and banker


Politics and government[edit]


Name Notability District[1] Notes[2]
William Booth founder of the Salvation Army Stoke Newington B (buried in Abney Park Cemetery in Stoke Newington)
Vicesimus Knox Anglican pacifist Hoxton L
Isaac Watts Theologian, logician, and hymn writer Stoke Newington L
Jabez Whiteley Anglican missionary, and first Bishop of Chota Nagpur Hoxton B
*Arguably, all the English Dissenters associated with Newington Green Unitarian Church, as the church itself lies within Hackney, although the rest of the green (and thus most of the houses) belong to Islington. Notable ministers of the church:



  1. ^ a b c d e f g Entries with no sourced locality (district) of residence available are marked with a "?".
  2. ^ a b c d e f g All entries contain a reliably sourced reference. Entries may also contain a letter indicating Birth, Lived, or Death.
  3. ^ Godwin's Life accessed 10 May 2007
  4. ^ Philip Henry Gosse (Historic plaque – 56 Mortimer Road) (LB Hackney) accessed 19 August 2008
  5. ^ Cook, Alan H. Edmond Halley: Charting the Heavens and the Seas (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998).
  6. ^ Loddiges, George The Botanical Cabinet (London 1817–1833)
  7. ^ Richard Price (St Andrews) accessed 20 March 2009
  8. ^ Sir Leonard Woolley (Historic plaque – 13 Southwold Road, E5) (LB Hackney) accessed 19 August 2008
  9. ^ Jury, Louise (2007-03-23). "From council estate to Tardis: rise of the Timelord's sidekick". The Independent. Retrieved 2007-09-18. 
  10. ^ Steven Berkoff: The real East Enders The Independent 04 Jan 2007 accessed 10 May 2007
  11. ^ Marc Bolan (Field) Hackney Historic plaque, lived 25 Newington Common 1947–62 (LB Hackney) accessed 19 August 2008
  12. ^ "Hennell, Sara Sophia". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  13. ^ John Fordham (4 August 2009). "Gwyneth Herbert: the door-to-door diva". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 25 April 2011. 
  14. ^ Visiting Hackney accessed 10 May 2007
  15. ^ Music Hall history site accessed 10 May 2007
  16. ^ Jessica Tandy's family to unveil plaque to commemorate star's Hackney birthplace 19 November 1998 accessed 10 May 2007
  17. ^ Observer A day in the life of British art 19 March 2000 accessed 10 May 2007
  18. ^ Winston Biography accessed 10 May 2007
  19. ^ Joseph Priestley (Historic plaque – 113 Upper Clapton Road, E5) (LB Hackney) accessed 19 August 2008
  20. ^ Legal fight over iTunes UK domain (BBC News) accessed 20 March 2009
  21. ^ Mel Calman (Historic plaque – 64 Linthorpe Road) (LB Hackney) accessed 19 August 2008
  22. ^ [1] (LB Hackney) accessed 12 February 2010
  23. ^ Anna Laetitia Barbauld (historic plaque) (Lived and died at 113 Stoke Newington Church Street) (LB Hackney local history) accessed 19 August 2008
  24. ^ Alexander Baron: His novels of war and London caught the essential decency of mankind John Williams December 8, 1999, The Guardian; accessed 26 August 2008
  25. ^ Retrieved 1 June 2011.
  26. ^ Daniel Defoe (Historic plaque – 95 Stoke Newington Church Street) (LB Hackney) accessed 19 August 2008
  27. ^ Sir Edmund Gosse (Historic plaque – 56 Mortimer Road) (LB Hackney) accessed 19 August 2008
  28. ^ Kate Greenaway (Historic plaque – New North Road) (LB Hackney) accessed 19 August 2008
  29. ^ Apart from the known and the unknown, what else is there 22 July 2008 The Guardian accessed 28 September 2009
  30. ^ Silverman, Kenneth (1991). Edgar A. Poe: Mournful and Never-Ending Remembrance (Paperback ed.). New York: Harper Perennial. pp. 16–18. ISBN 0-06-092331-8. 
  31. ^ Michael Rosen: Interview (Time Out) accessed 28 September 2009
  32. ^ Vindication: A Life of Mary Wollstonecraft Lyndall Gordon (Little, Brown: 2005)
  33. ^ Tony’s career in property Anne Ashworth 4 May 2007 The Times accessed 18 January 2010
  34. ^ Sir Randal Cremer (Biography) (Nobel Winners) accessed 18 January 2010
  35. ^ Anne Keothavong Biography accessed 13 May 2009
  36. ^ My School Sport: Phillips Idowu, 18 December 2007, The Guardian. Retrieved on 18 August 2009.