A Night With Dealers on Walthamstow Marsh: AD 2073

A Night With Dealers on Walthamstow Marsh: AD 2073

Nights like these when mist rose from the canal, we’d huddle under the arch of the ruined railway bridge on Walthy Marsh. The three of us. Pegger, Lool, me. You couldn’t be too careful. Sometimes the mist could rise as high as your head. Step out to flog your merch in a mist like...
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Blitz Balls! How Hackney Marshes Did And Didn’t Save St Paul’s Cathedral

Blitz Balls! How Hackney Marshes Did And Didn’t Save St Paul’s Cathedral

On the night of the 12th September 1940 the bomb doors of a Heinkel 111 opened over London. A 1000kg ‘delayed explosion’ device whistled through the hatch. Seconds later it lay embedded in the pavement of Deans Yard, St Paul’s Cathedral. Fortunately for the cathedral, the explosion remained delayed. The bomb’s deadly potential now...
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A Dream Life of Hackney Marshes

A Dream Life of Hackney Marshes

Almost immediately I realised this was not London anymore. Max and I were on a towpath. Narrow-boats lined the canal, bedecked with pot plants and armchairs. Smoke puffed from their tiny chimneys. A man sawed through a stack of wood. Geese bobbed on the water among Coke bottles and foam. Set in a long...
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Plan 9 from Outer Hackney

Plan 9 from Outer Hackney

In his Greater London Plan of 1944 Sir Patrick Abercrombie was the first to suggest that the Lee Valley should become a regional park. It wasn’t until 1961 that the Mayor of Hackney, Alderman Lou Sherman took action. He invited what was then known as the Civic Trust to appraise the Valley and its...
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Jurassic Hackney: Exploration of a Hole In London’s Time

Jurassic Hackney: Exploration of a Hole In London’s Time

There is a hole in London which swallows up the city’s time. You can stroll into this hole and observe fragments of culture which have been pulled in and shattered to pieces by its centripetal force. Cows drink from a World War II bomb crater. Defunct Victorian machinery juts from crumbling walls in the...
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A Hole in the City

A Hole in the City

                  i. Imagine a whirlpool in time In its centre a hole A black emptiness Around it the spinning ages Ripple with change But the core is still Here time falls into An irresistible void You follow Slide your body into it Stand inside and watch the...
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