A Report of our Group Walk, ‘Historic Hackney’ on 6 June

The casual observer could be forgiven for thinking that the modern, outwardly unappealing, Hackney would not have a history worth knowing about.  How wrong they would be, as 15 Members and guests discovered when they were guided around ‘old’ Hackney on 6th June by Sean Gubbins.  Sean clearly has Hackney running through his veins and not only informed but also entertained.  We walked over 2000 paces, far fewer than so many of us guesstimated  when Sean (who carries a pedometer) challenged us to a little competition at the start of the 2+ hour walk.  That included 138 stairs of the 13th century St Augustine Tower (and 138 steps down again) where we all managed to demonstrate numerous inelegant ways of entering and leaving the roof without falling down the steep spiral stone staircase.

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