Walk: De Beauvoir, Old and New

Apr 02 2016 11:00 - 13:00

South side, De Beauvoir Square, N1 4LE London

De Beauvoir, Old and New.

Saturday 2nd April

Starts at 11am in De Beauvoir Square, middle of the south side. Walk time (including various stops) about 2 hours, ending back in the Square.

Paul Bolding will lead a walk which covers all periods of De Beauvoir, from its beginnings with the Benyon Estate and the development of the area in the 1820’s, to “Ed’s Shed” and more recent refurbishments of Victorian properties, one an “eco house” (can you tell?). Along the way there’ll be mention of the Russian party congress in 1907, and the 1917 riot, also an update on the Moleman’s House.

As well as domestic architecture, there will be a look at some public and commercial buildings, including the Kingsland Wharves refurbishment, and the Boris site, a major early C20 industrial building whose future is uncertain, plus some cross laminated timber – one of the building materials of the moment - and a new school, called ... The Hackney New School.


Paul Bolding was born in London and has lived in De Beauvoir since 1991. He has a keen interest in local history and has written occasionally for Hackney Society publications. He teaches financial journalism at City University London.


FREE to Hackney Society members; £5 to non-members.


11:00am , De Beauvoir Square, south side, N1 4LE

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