infobox UK place
country = England
map_type = Greater London
region= London
official_name= Haggerston
constituency_westminster= Hackney South & Shoreditch
post_town= LONDON
london_borough= Hackney
dial_code= 020
os_grid_reference= TQ335835
latitude= 51.53463
longitude= -0.07663

Haggerston is a place in the London Borough of Hackney. It is bounded by Hackney Road on the south, Kingsland Road on the west, Middleton Road on the north with London Fields and Broadway Market on 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 as gated communities.



Haggerston, is first recorded in the Domesday Book as "Hergotestane", possibly of Viking origin, as an outlying hamlet of Shoreditch. By Rocque's 1745 map of Hackney, the village is shown as "Agostone", [ [http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?compid=45254 'The northern suburbs: Haggerston and Hackney', Old and New London: Volume 5 (1878), pp. 505-24] accessed: 6 December 2006] by the 19th century it had become a part of the urban sprawl with streets of workers' cottages, and factories 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 which runs between Kingsland and Queensbridge Road.

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.


Besides the Regents Canal, Haggerston Park, on the site of a demolished gasworks on Hackney Road, provides much-needed open space in the area. It is also the home of the Hackney City Farm.

Haggerston Pool, was closed in 2000, with an uncertain future. An active campaign to save the pool resulted in (February 2006) the council commissioning a report [ [http://www.haggerstonpool.com/newsArchive/newsJanuary2006.htm Pool Campaign newsletter, summarising options for renewal] accessed: 6 December 2006] into options for its re-opening. The pool's future remains undecided, but looks brighter than it has done for some time.

Haggerston Girls School is a Grade II listed building, designed by modernist architect Erno Goldfinger, in 1964-5.

The "Clowns Gallery and Museum" is a unique museum, founded in 1960, to house a display of pictures and artefacts relating to clowning and its history from earliest times. Now it has expanded to include props, costumes and a plethora of clown related items plus a literary Archive. It houses a collection of painted eggs that record the facial make up of individual clowns, thus being the primary registry of the designs in Britain. It is now housed in the "All Saints Centre", in Haggerston Road.

References and notes

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.
*Iain Sinclair, writer


*The London Natural History Society began in 1858 as the Haggerston Entomological Society, whose members met in a pub, smoked clay pipes and, when they could afford, bought natural history books.
*In 1976, The Prince's Trust was founded, and one of its first grants was to a young woman to run a social centre for the Haggerston Housing Estate.



Nearest places

* Bethnal Green
* Dalston
* Hoxton
* London Fields
* Shoreditch

Railway Stations

* Cambridge Heath railway station

Walking and cycling

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

External links

* [http://www.haggerstoncommunity.org.uk/ Haggerston Community Centre]
* [http://www.haggerstonpool.com/history.htm Opening Haggerston Pool 1904]
* [http://www.hackneycityfarm.co.uk/ Hackney City Farm]
* [http://www.clownsinternational.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=8&Itemid=17 The Clowns' Gallery, Museum and Archive]
* [http://www.lnhs.org.uk/ London Natural History Society website] "one of the largest societies of its kind anywhere in the world"
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/86/a9023186.shtml Terrence Mahoney's Wartime memories of Haggerston]

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