The Living Archive Treasure Hunt, Hackney from Lemonade and Laughing Gas.

The Living Archive Treasure Hunt, Hackney Central, 24th August 2014

On Sunday I came across this fun local event devised and run by Lemonade and Laughing Gas.  This was my treasure hunt, a story told in pictures.

Do you like history?  Want to come on a treasure hunt? Then follow me...

Do you like history? Want to come on a treasure hunt? Then follow me…

 

Here's the map. It follows a route around local shops and church yard.

Here’s the map. It follows a route around local shops and the church yard.

 

And if we find 4 pieces of treasure, then we can enjoy free tea and cake and a chat.

And if we find 4 pieces of treasure like this, then we can enjoy free tea and cake.

 

Living Archive Treasure Hunt Hackney 2014

 

Dora B Montefiore (1851 - 1933) a communist and suffragette who lived in Hackney.

Dora B Montefiore (1851 – 1933) a communist and suffragette who lived in Hackney.

 

Living Archive Treasure Hunt Hackney 2014

I didn’t actually read this scandalous story but it relates to a local hospital and refuge for unmarried mothers. Its has now been converted into housing.

 

Do you recognise this musician?... keep following my trail to find out.

Do you recognise this musician?… keep following my trail to find out.

 

Living Archive Treasure Hunt Hackney 2014

Broadway Market is now a London foodie paradise and Fred’s shop is still there… just.

 

 

You can read the label in the next photo.

You can read the label in the next photo.

 

Living Archive Treasure Hunt Hackney 2014

 

Living Archive Treasure Hunt Hackney 2014

 

Living Archive Treasure Hunt Hackney 2014

 

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My first piece of treasure!

My first piece of treasure!  I hadn’t realised that we could collect anything we found and only looked for items and not local facts.

 

Mr Conrad Loddiges, a farmer and gardner who ran nurseries in Hackney. By 1745 they ran along both sides of Mare Street.

Mr Conrad Loddiges, a farmer and gardner ran nurseries in Hackney. By 1745 they ran along both sides of Mare Street.

 

2nd piece of treasure.  I hope the cake is good.

2nd piece of treasure.  I hope the cake is good. 😉

 

Living Archive Treasure Hunt Hackney 2014

Buried in this church yard, where this fact was seen, lies Francis Beaufort who invented the Beaufort Scale to measure wind power.

 

No 3!  Feeling thirsty too...

No 3!

 

 

Living Archive Treasure Hunt Hackney 2014

The reference is to the Curtain Theatre on Curtain Street, E2.

 

Living Archive Treasure Hunt Hackney 2014

No 4. But I’ll keep on the trail to see what else I discover about Hackney.

 

So one of the Sex Pistols in that earlier photo.

So that was probably one of the Sex Pistols in that earlier photo.

 

Living Archive Treasure Hunt Hackney 2014

the leaflet shown came with an Ensign roll of film. I left this piece of treasure.

 

Living Archive Treasure Hunt Hackney 2014

Don’t worry, he wasn’t hurt and rode off moments later.

 

Living Archive Treasure Hunt Hackney 2014

 

Living Archive Treasure Hunt Hackney 2014

More treasure in supermarket car park.

Living Archive Treasure Hunt Hackney 2014

My treasure trove. Now time for tea and cake.

 

Living Archive Treasure Hunt Hackney 2014

Another treasure hunter entering the caravan where tea is served.

Living Archive Treasure Hunt Hackney 2014

We were asked to hang our finds around the caravan. I had a lovely piece of victoria sponge, if you’re wondering. We could also take a polaroid selfie to leave behind. I passed on that.

 

Living Archive Treasure Hunt Hackney 2014

Sipping tea and watching the locals pass by.

 

Living Archive Treasure Hunt Hackney 2014

The building is the original Hackney Town Hall. Currently a betting shop!!

 

Living Archive Treasure Hunt Hackney 2014

Don’t you just love this oven door??!

 

Living Archive Treasure Hunt Hackney 2014

You can tell how carefully this caravan was chosen for their events. Such a great find.

 

Living Archive Treasure Hunt Hackney 2014

 

Living Archive Treasure Hunt Hackney 2014

And that’s the end of my local treasure hunt experience. Thanks to Lemonade and Laughing Gas for such an enjoyable local adventure.

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