Originally designed to be a fashionable residential square when it was completed in 1720, Hoxton Square’s genteel status was short lived, and by the 1800s it had become the heart of the Shoreditch furniture trade, with front gardens being converted into workshops.
After the Second World War, the mass production of goods moved to the Lea Valley and cheap competition led to the collapse of many small businesses, leaving the properties around the square empty.
But the area became popular again in the 1980s when a new generation of young artists, looking for cheap workspace, moved in. Pubs and clubs opened around the Square to cater for the creative crowd, bringing new money, regeneration and a vibrant arts community.
Today, Hoxton Square has regained its fashionable status while still keeping its sense of history and close-knit community.
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