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…
Here’s the map. It follows a route around local shops and the church yard.
And if we find 4 pieces of treasure like this, then we can enjoy free tea and cake.
Dora B Montefiore (1851 – 1933) a communist and suffragette who lived in Hackney.
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.
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.
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 ran nurseries in Hackney. By 1745 they ran along both sides of Mare Street.
2nd piece of treasure. I hope the cake is good. 😉
Buried in this church yard, where this fact was seen, lies Francis Beaufort who invented the Beaufort Scale to measure wind power.
The reference is to the Curtain Theatre on Curtain Street, E2.
No 4. But I’ll keep on the trail to see what else I discover about Hackney.
So that was probably one of the Sex Pistols in that earlier photo.
the leaflet shown came with an Ensign roll of film. I left this piece of treasure.
Don’t worry, he wasn’t hurt and rode off moments later.
More treasure in supermarket car park.
My treasure trove. Now time for tea and cake.
Another treasure hunter entering the caravan where tea is served.
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.
Sipping tea and watching the locals pass by.
The building is the original Hackney Town Hall. Currently a betting shop!!
Don’t you just love this oven door??!
You can tell how carefully this caravan was chosen for their events. Such a great find.
And that’s the end of my local treasure hunt experience. Thanks to Lemonade and Laughing Gas for such an enjoyable local adventure.