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Hackney Cottages - women ironing

Hackney Cottages - women ironing

© Richard Harris

 

HACKNEY HAMLET

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.

 

The Passage House Inn at Hackney Quay

The Passage House Inn at Hackney Quay - 2002

© Richard J. Brine

 

THE REMAINS

By the 1930s the families that lived at Hackney had long since vacated the cottages, which rapidly fell into disrepair.  Of the little hamlet of Hackney only the pub remains.  The ruins of the cottages and some of the original cellars can still be found, some masked by the overgrowth of vegetation.  Stones from the old quay wall can be seen littering the bed of the Hackney channel at low tide. Most of the canal has now been filled in with the extension of the racecourse. The clay cellars, which stood alongside Newton Road, were for many years used as workshops by a motor body repair firm. Sadly, with one solitary exception, the listed buildings were demolished in 2001 to make way for a new retail development but the granite stone entrance to the Hackney Lock can still be viewed a few yards off the footpath near the railway bridge at Hackney Marshes.

 

Teignmouth from Hackney Quay

Teignmouth viewed from Hackney Quay

© Richard J. Brine

 

 

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