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05.07.2020 – An appearance in Joolz Guides’ Stoke Newington history walk

‪It was a pleasure taking part in Joolz Guides’ latest film, this time all about Stoke Newington. It’s a great piece with LOTS of local history goodies. I make an appearance from 11:25-15:00 spreading coalhole cover appreciation and other bits. Enjoy! ‬

Annual Stoke Newington Church Street Shopfront photo-survey is up

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Here is the 6th edition of my annual SNCS Shopfront photo survey (minus the queuing). 30% of the shops I photographed in 2015 have changed. Of the 118 commercial properties (excl. pubs), 6 are vacant currently. You can see the previous surveys here.

Stoke Newington Boundary Walk

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I created a self-guided ‘Beating the Bounds’ walk of the former Metropolitan Borough of Stoke Newington. It’s roughly 9km and with a couple of breaks should take about 3 hours. It’s a great walk which takes you to the four corners of the former borough and makes you realise how big, or small depending on your perspective, the borough was. Enjoy!

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30.03.2020 – BBC ‘Boring Talks’ podcast


I was chuffed to be invited a few months ago to record a BBC ‘Boring Talk’ podcast about my fascination with coalhole cover designs. It was great fun to record in the BBC 4 studio and also in the streets of Stoke Newington. You can listen to the podcast here.

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02.03.2020 – Stoke Newington History Talks #13

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The 13th Stoke Newington History Talks event was held in St Matthias Halls on March 2nd in front of a packed audience. Brilliant talks by Alan Denney and Andy Wells. Proceeds from this event were donated to Hackney Playbus. Thank you to all who attended.

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03.12.2019 – Stoke Newington History Talks #12

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The 12th Stoke Newington History event of the year was held on December 3rd in St Matthias Halls, as usual. All 155 Tickets were snatched in 22 hours, which was incredible. Proceeds from this event were donated to Pets Against Loneliness; a group of volunteers bringing together older members of the community with well-behaved dogs and their owners for the purposes of joy and the alleviation of loneliness.

All three presentations are available here

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16.10.2019 – Nerd Nite talk: The Beauty of Victorian Coal-Hole Covers


I had a great time presenting my survey of Stoke Newington coal-hole cover designs as part of the October Nerd Nite London event. It’s very niche and ultra-geeky, which is why Nerd Nite is the ideal forum to share my interest in these decorative cast iron beauties.

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22.09.2019 – Clissold House Open House event


I had the pleasure of presenting my talk about the dramatic campaign to save Clissold Park from development in the Drawing Room in Clissold House as part of a festive Sunday celebrating 130 years of Clissold Park, which coincided with the Open House London weekend. Giving this talk in Clissold House always feels special.

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12.09.2019 – ‘Old road signs should be protected’ – Stoke Newington historian / The Hackney Gazette


Sam Gelder from the Hackney Gazette wrote an article about my recent photo-survey of the 17 surviving street signs that include ‘Borough of Stoke Newington’, meaning they date back from the the period of 1900-1965 when Stoke Newington was an independent metropolitan borough. I’ve been fascinated by these old signs for a while and finally got around to documenting them all. You can read the online version of the article here.

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