Place:Hackney, London, England

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NameHackney
Alt namesSt. John-Hackneysource: Family History Library Catalog
Hackney St Johnsource: Vision of Britain
TypeParish (ancient), Borough (metropolitan)
Coordinates51.548°N 0.054°W
Located inLondon, England     (1889 - 1965)
Also located inMiddlesex, England     ( - 1889)
See alsoHackney (London Borough), Greater London, EnglandLondon Borough to which it was transferred in 1965
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

Hackney, or Hackney St. John, is one of the ancient parishes of Middlesex. In 1889 the civil parish was transferred to the newly-created County of London and in 1900 became Hackney Metropolitan Borough. Hackney Metropolitan Borough was abolished in 1965, becoming part of the Hackney London Borough in Greater London.

The historical and administrative heart of Hackney is the area roughly extending north from Mare Street and surrounding the Church of St John-at-Hackney; known as Hackney Central. To the north of the borough are Upper Clapton and Lower Clapton, Stamford Hill and Stoke Newington. To the east is the large open space of Hackney Marshes and the districts of Hackney Wick and Homerton. Light industries in the area around the River Lea employ over 3,000 people.

Metropolitan Borough of Hackney

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The Metropolitan Borough of Hackney was a Metropolitan borough of the County of London from 1900 to 1965. Its area became part of the London Borough of Hackney in 1965. The metropolitan borough was one of twenty-eight created by the London Government Act 1899. It was the successor to the vestry of the parish of Hackney, which had been the local authority since 1855.

The metropolitan borough included the districts of Hackney, Upper and Lower Clapton, Homerton, Dalston and Kingsland. It also included Stoke Newington Common, and the entire eastern side of Stoke Newington High Street.

Ecclesiastical parish

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The ancient parish of Hackney was originally dedicated to St. Augustine, but by c.1660 it had been rededicated to St John the Baptist and is usually referred to as St John at Hackney. It was in the Diocese of London. From 1825, as the population of Hackney increased, a number of new parishes were formed. A list of these parishes may be found in Wikipedia, very close to the bottom of the webpage.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Hackney.

Research Tips

  • See wiki.familysearch.org under "London" and also under "Middlesex", "Surrey" and "Kent" for key information about Greater London's jurisdictions and records, plus links to indexes, reference aids and Family History Library holdings.
  • The London Metropolitan Archives (40 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0HB) holds records relating to the whole of Greater London.
  • GENUKI has a long list of websites and archive holders in addition to London Metropolitan Archives above. (This list is not maintained so well that there is never a dead link in it. However, it is often worth googling the title given on the page just in case the contributor has reorganized their website.)
  • GENUKI also has a list of the Archives and Local Studies Libraries for each of the boroughs of Greater London.
  • The London Encyclopaedia by Ben Weinreb and Christopher Hibbert. An e-book available online through Google, originally published by Pan Macmillan. There is a search box in the left-hand pane.
  • London Lives. A very useful free website for anyone researching their London ancestors between the years 1690-1800. This is a fully searchable edition of 240,000 manuscripts from eight archives and fifteen datasets, giving access to 3.35 million names.
  • London Ancestor, a website belonging to one of the London family history societies, has a list of transcriptions of directories from the 18th century, listing in one case "all the squares, streets, lanes, courts, yards, alleys, &C. in and about Five Miles of the Metropolis..." In other parts of the same website are maps of various parts of 19th century London and Middlesex.
  • The proceedings of the Old Bailey, London's central criminal court, 1674-1913. A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court. This website is free to use.
  • Registration Districts in London, Registration Districts in Middlesex, Registration Districts in Surrey, Registration Districts in Kent, are lists of the registration districts used for civil registration (births, marriages and deaths, as well as the censuses). There are linked supporting lists of the parishes which made up each registration district, the dates of formation and abolition of the districts, the General Register Office numbers, and the local archive-holding place. This work has been carried out by Brett Langston under the agency of GENUKI (Genealogy United Kingdom and Ireland) and UKBMD - Births, Marriages, Deaths & Censuses on the Internet.
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This page uses content from the English Wikipedia. The original content was at Hackney (parish). The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with WeRelate, the content of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.