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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 today has the highest crime rate of the borough of Hackney.


thumb: council blocks with boarded up windows]] 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<ref>'The northern suburbs: Haggerston and Hackney', Old and New London: Volume 5 (1878), pp. 505-24 accessed: 6 December 2006</ref> 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.


thumb 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 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.

Haggerston School is a Grade II listed building, designed by modernist architect Ern? Goldfinger and built in 1964–65.

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.<ref name="autogenerated1">Template:Cite web</ref> Other Anglican churches in Haggerston are All Saints, Haggerston Road; St Columba, Kingsland Road; and Sts Mary and Chad, Nichols Square.


The Haggerston electoral ward forms part of the Hackney South and Shoreditch constituency.

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.


Template:For Secondary schools in the area include Haggerston School and The Bridge Academy.


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Railway stations

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  • Haggerston station, served by London Overground.
  • Cambridge Heath station, served by Greater Anglia.

Walking and cycling

The Regents Canal towpath is easily accessible to pedestrians and cyclists. It provides access to Victoria Park to the east and Islington to the west.

Notable residents

  • 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.
  • Lasse Johansson, filmmaker
  • Gillian McIver, filmmaker, writer
  • Iain Sinclair, writer
  • Nazir Tanbouli, artist
  • Rachel Whiteread, sculptor



Further reading

  • 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)

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