Many lightermen used to live in cottages alongside the canal at the old Hackney Quay, which together with the Passage House Inn formed the hamlet of Hackney. Life at Hackney was hard as the cottages had few amenities. A well, located near the bridge that takes the railway across the marshes, served as the water supply. People who lived in the cottages near the inn fetched their water in a tin bath by boat, as it was easier than carrying it back along the footpath to their cottages! As was customary in the days before the wireless, the canal folk provided their own amusement. At Whitsuntide, the time of the traditional ram roasting ceremony in the parish, which was held on Whit Tuesday, the people of Hackney extended the revelry by roasting another ram on Whit Wednesday. An annual event known as the Hackney Regatta was also held there that attracted local dignitaries and crowds from the village. Rowing races to Coombe Cellars and back, chasing a duck around the marshes, and pillow fights on a pole, were amongst the entertainment provided. A copy of the original Hackney Regatta Programme is on display at the Passage House Inn.