Brick Lane

Local Histories – Brick Lane

Generations of immigrants have made Brick Lane their home, enriching the area with trades, religions, languages and cultures. Its name comes from the brick kilns used by early Flemish settlers and made from the brick earth found here. In the 17th century, Protestant Huguenot refugees came here escaping religious persecution in France. Their skills made…

Local Histories – Hoxton Square

Hoxton Square 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…