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West Hackney Almshouses, Northwold Road
|OS grid reference||TQ340865|
|• Charing Cross||4.3 mi (6.9 km) SW|
|Ceremonial county||Greater London|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
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.
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'.
Chapel of ease
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. 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.
West Hackney Recreation Ground is one hectare in extent and was originally the burial ground for St Paul’s church.
- "Hackney: Newington and Stamford Hill - British History Online". www.british-history.ac.uk.
- "Stoke Newington Common Hackney". www.hackney.gov.uk.
- "West Hackney Recreation Ground Hackney". www.hackney.gov.uk.