october, 2021

03oct11:0013:00de Beauvoir Town & the Islington/Hackney border from Dalston to the Regent’s Canal11:00 - 13:00 Guide: Lesley Thompson

Event Details

We trace the modern boundary of Islington/Hackney, from Dalston to the Regent’s Canal

We will walk the borough border along Balls Pond Road and Southgate Road, passing the areas of Mildmay, De Beauvoir and East Canonbury. There’s a wealth of interest either side of the border, including a leper hospital, almshouses, inns of pleasure and ill repute, pretty 19C residential roads, market gardens, a livestock market, vanished churches and factories.

‘Beating the Bounds’ to mark and confirm the borders between parishes is an ancient tradition, where the border was literally paced out, agreed and marked with stones each year. The borders of today’s Islington Borough have evolved over the centuries due to a mix of changing land ownership, parish church catchments, significance of early settlements and roads, and natural features such as springs and ponds.

The walk lasts for approx. 2 hours and ends near where we started in De Beauvoir Square, 5 minutes walk from either Haggerston or Dalston Kingsland Stations and close to numerous bus routes.



(Sunday) 11:00 - 13:00


De Beauvoir Square N1 4LG