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John Rogers: London’s Village of Visionaries – Stoke Newington


Interesting videos about London, and elsewhere, from London-based film-maker and writer John Rogers, author of This Other London – adventures in the overlooked city

His blog The Lost Byway

A walk across the Lea Valley from Leyton to Stoke Newington.

Described as “the village of visionaries” in the Time Out Book of London Walks, Stoke Newington has strong associations with non-comformism, the arts and literature. Our walk starts in Leyton and crosses the River Lea then goes over Hackney Marshes to the Hackney Cut.

We then visit the Millfields Community Orchard in Clapton. From here our path takes us across Millfields and up Southwold Road to Lower Clapton Road where I’m pleasantly surprised to find draft pale ale to take away from the garden of the Crooked Billet pub. We turn into Evering Road with its notorious association with the Kray Twins.

Following Brooke Road N16 we feel the presence of the Hackney Brook running beneath the ground through the area. This leads us across Stoke Newington Common to Stoke Newington Church Street which follows the route of the Roman Ermine Street.

We walk through the beautiful Abney Park Cemetery, opened on the site of Abney House as a model ‘garden cemetery’. I include an excerpt of the interview I shot with stone carver Nigel Mantel in 2012 (…). This leads us into Stoke Newington Church Street and a visit to the Ecstatic Peace Library Record Shop. Our walk ends in Clissold Park.

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