West Hackney

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West Hackney
Stoke newington west hackney almshouses 1.jpg
West Hackney Almshouses, Northwold Road
West Hackney is located in Greater London
West Hackney
West Hackney
Location within Greater London
OS grid referenceTQ340865
• Charing Cross4.3 mi (6.9 km) SW
London borough
Ceremonial countyGreater London
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLONDON
Postcode districtE5
Postcode districtN16
Dialling code020
EU ParliamentLondon
UK Parliament
London Assembly
List of places
51°33′36″N 0°04′12″W / 51.560°N 0.070°W / 51.560; -0.070Coordinates: 51°33′36″N 0°04′12″W / 51.560°N 0.070°W / 51.560; -0.070

West Hackney is a district of the London Borough of Hackney in London, England. It lies 1.5 miles (2.5 km) northwest of Hackney Central and 4.3 miles (6.9 km) northeast of Charing Cross.

The area was part of the Ancient Parish and subsequent Metropolitan Borough of Hackney, but has come to be seen by many as an informal extension of Stoke Newington, as well as a sub-district of Hackney proper.

There was formerly an electoral ward named after the area and there is an ecclesiastical parish of West Hackney, a sub-division of the wider Ancient Parish of Hackney. Despite these uses it has never been an administrative unit in its own right so lacks formal definition, except in that it takes Hackney's western boundary, the originally Roman A10 Stoke Newington Road, as its own western boundary. The core of the area lies between that road and the railway, but the area as a whole arguably extends further to the north-east.


Early history[edit]

The part of Hackney included the hamlet of Newington – entirely distinct from Stoke Newington – which lay between the Roman Road (now known as the A10) and the Common. The hamlet has now been absorbed into the wider urbanised area.

Newington was first recorded in the 1200’s and was traditionally one of four Hackney hamlets (together with Dalston, Kingsland and Shacklewell) which were together rated as having, for taxation purposes, the same number of houses as the main 'Hackney Village'.[1]

Chapel of ease[edit]

West Hackney Church, on the junction of Amhurst and Stoke Newington Roads

The increasing population of the area saw it gain a chapel of ease in 1814, the church of St. James, designed by Robert Smirke in the Greek Doric style.[2] The 1825 creation of the ecclesiastical parish of West Hackney saw St James elevated to the status of parish church.

The church was destroyed by enemy action during The Blitz but replaced with a modern building in 1960 and rededicated to St Paul.

Open Spaces[edit]

The largest open space in the area is Stoke Newington Common at 2.15 hectares. Originally known as Cockhangar Green it took its current name in the twentieth century.[3]

West Hackney Recreation Ground is one hectare in extent and was originally the burial ground for St Paul’s church.[4]


West Hackney is served by two railway stations; Rectory Road and Stoke Newington, the latter lying on the ill-defined borders Stoke Newington, West Hackney and Stamford Hill.


  1. ^ "Hackney: Newington and Stamford Hill - British History Online". www.british-history.ac.uk.
  2. ^ https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/middx/vol10/pp122-128
  3. ^ "Stoke Newington Common Hackney". www.hackney.gov.uk.
  4. ^ "West Hackney Recreation Ground Hackney". www.hackney.gov.uk.