"The Stoke Newington of the present era is a bright and animated, yet in parts restful place." The Metropolitan Borough of Stoke Newington official guide, 1928.
Stoke Newington Church Street is where we began our search over a year ago, and I couldn’t imagine opening anywhere else. We’ve been spending afternoons in Hackney Archives, digging out old maps of the area, and drainage plans (a precursor to planning permission). We asked @historyofstokey about the site - a post from him coming soon.
We also found out Alan Denney has been photographing the area since the Seventies. The building next door to our site used to be Recorder House, the headquarters of the North London Recorder publication, with its beautiful handmade sign.