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St Augustine’s Tower Trip
St Augustine’s Tower in Mare Street dates back to the 13C, is listed Grade 1 and is the oldest building Hackney. It survived when the rest of the original church was demolished in the late 18C, when St. John at Hackney was built as a replacement. There are four floors connected by a spiral stone staircase, a working clock from the late 16C, panels telling the history of Hackney and spectacular views from the roof (over 100 steps up though!). It is usually open just once a month on the last Sunday.
It is managed by the Hackney Historic Buildings Trust and Laurie Elks (who is coming to speak to us about the changing face of Hackney for our October meeting ) gave us a private tour of the tower and we watched the sunset over London with amazing views across the city. Thank you Laurie for your generosity and we look forward to seeing you in October.
Previous outings this year include our hugely inspiring and informative away day to Bletchley Park….
On Saturday 30th June we had a fascinating trip to Bletchley Park. There was glorious weather and we were joined for lunch by some new friends of the feathered variety (pic below). There was so much to see and many of us talked about returning with friends later this year (the ticket is valid for 12 months and you can visit as many times as you want to). It was awe inspiring to see where all that vital work took place and to visit the Huts in the sunny weather made you realise how hot it must have been to work 8 hour shifts in such closed spaces, (and how cold in the winter). We were very lucky as at 1pm we were treated to a flyover by a Spitfire that looped around the grounds a number of times before heading off. If you have never been to Bletchley, do go, it’s an amazing piece of history.
Where we’ve been:
It’s nice for new members to see what we have been up to:
2018 …so far:
Museum of London ‘100 Years of Suffrage Exhibition’ -7th April, 2018
A guided walk around De Beauvoir with our very own resident history expert Lesley – 2nd June
Some pics from trips in 2017…..
Ten Pin Bowling at Bloomsbury Lanes, 23rd November, 2017
John Soames Museum – Private Tour, 22nd September, 2017
Guided History Walk Around De Beauvoir, 22nd April, 2017
Guide Tour of Houses of Parliament with local MP Meg Hillier, 15th March, 2017
‘The Girls’ Musical at Pheonix Theatre 9th February, 2017
First outing for our Walking Group taking in Clissold Park, Abney Park Cemetery and Springfield Park, May 2017 and final walk of the year a mammoth day trip to Eastbourne to walk from Birling Gap to Beachy Head
Abney Park Guided Evening Walk 25th May, 2016
Persuasion at The Rosemary Branch 11th May, 2016
Dickens Museum tour, 17th March 2016
Jane Eyre at The Rosemary Branch 11th February, 20162015:-
Panto at the Rosemary Branch ‘Clementine’s Seasonal Spectacular’ 15th December, 2015
Dennis Severs House in Spitalfields 12th November, 2015
Dressed by Angels exhibition 15th October, 2015
Private view of gardens in the National Gardens Scheme 1 June, 2015
Pride and Prejudice at The Rosemary Branch 24th March, 2015
Burlesque performance by Delores Delux and dinner at the Privee Club 13th March, 2015