Then & Now - Shoreditch / Hoxton
My neck of the woods - then & now
I know you can get apps that do this sort of thing, but I thought it might be fun to show a few pictures of the Shoreditch and Hoxton area, which are covered in the 'My neck of the woods' walk, as they were 'then' and as the same place looks 'now' in 2011. Quite simple really. If you know the area, it might be quite interesting. Then again, it might not.
This is Shoreditch Town Hall, originally built in 1865.
This is the north end of Hoxton Square in 1921. The square was originally developed in the 1680's. St Monica's Catholic Church on the left is still there ... as you can see.
Just up the road is Hoxton Street, which was home to the Britannia Theatre, built in 1841 and could seat 3000 people. It was frequented by Charles Dickens (amongst many others), but unfortunately WWII got the better of it. The photo below was taken in about 1936, by which time it was being used as a cinema. It's now a block of flats opposite the Macbeth pub.
Curtain Road was once home to The Theatre, which was where William Shakespeare strutted his stuff before his troupe 'The Lord Chamberlain's Men' dismantled the theatre, took it across on the Thames, re-erected on Bankside and called it The Globe. This is Curtain Road in about 1900.
Pitfield Street is named after Charles Pitfield, who bought a large moated mansion house nearby in 1648. It runs down the side of Hoxton Square and runs from Old Street pretty much up to the Regent's Canal and also joins up with New North Road. The photo below was taken in about 1905 and shows the library and what used to be the baths to the left. The baths were demolished after the war, and the library now houses the Courtyard Theatre.
Archive photos courtesy of L.B Hackney's Archive Department.
Love the photos x Diana Furness
27/2/2012 03:36:17 am
Dr Roger Sharland
28/11/2012 09:12:52 pm
Sir Charles Pitfield (1599 - 1680) is my 9th great grandfather so thank you for pointing out a photograph of a street named after him!
28/11/2012 09:39:46 pm
Wowzers. How fascinating. If you happen to have any other info about him, I'd be delighted to find out. Many thanks. Jonnie
19/8/2015 08:55:56 pm
I am a Pitfield who has spent 40 years researching the Pitfield name. Although Sir Charles Pitfield did indeed own an estate in Hoxton, Pitfield Street was not named after him but predates his time. An Inquisition Post Mortem of Thomas Hewer taken in 1625 who owned land in the area refers to
5/2/2017 04:04:24 pm
All my family come from Shoreditch - Styman Street - Hoxton, Pittfield and lived all around that area from 1870 to 1960.
18/3/2017 12:44:37 am
Thank you for taking the time and effort required to share the information and photo's. Charles Pitfield was my 8th Great Grandfather. Best Wishes,
22/3/2017 12:51:13 pm
Used to go in Charlie wrights ,anyone remember Charlie wrights ?.
14/5/2018 07:46:02 am
Charlie Wright's is now the International bar and club, completely different now, Charlie Wright was the publican there, back in the good old days
27/10/2019 12:06:06 am
Me too Robert, if you’re the bloke I know. Could spend a whole weekend in there in the 80s.
Barry S Britzman
5/4/2017 12:48:40 am
Thank you, a very interesting site. I was looking for info on Old Hoxton, in particular Ashford Street where my grandparents Herman Ernst Britzman and his wife Annie Caroline McBride lived circa 1900. Their first born child Elsie Britzman b 1899 d 1899. is the first born of that name in UK records.
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22/5/2017 02:13:39 pm
22/8/2019 05:38:38 pm
Hi Barry, I also googled Ashford Street where my grandparents lived. I am a New Zealander researching about the times they lived in. It was a small cul-de-sac, have you found any photo's between 1910-1920 ?
4/8/2017 11:12:41 am
I am research the date of the LGOC horse depot in Buttesland St. I think it is about 1897? The Eastern Motor Wagon Company (steam lorries) followed it around 1911. At information would be most welcome
7/8/2020 08:03:37 am
Hi Peter, I am currently compiling a dissertation on working horse stables, I want to used 66 Buttesland Street as a case study. I wondered if you would share the statement you sent to Historic England when you were seeking listed status for the stables?
7/8/2020 09:18:10 am
Hello Shannon. Thanks for getting in touch, but that wasn't me I'm afraid. Sorry about that. I hope you find the right person.
9/4/2019 08:12:58 am
any picture on houses in Minton street Hoxton before they were demolished, I was born there and a lot of my family lived in the same house for decades,
29/8/2019 01:36:29 pm
I have enjoyed your knowledge and photos very much.
29/3/2020 10:53:27 am
Your old photographs have fascinated me; my parents born in the area. My father: 1911 at 204 Hoxton Street, then moving to 35 Essex Street. Education: Redvers Street School until 1925 – Geo. W. Cocks (Headmaster.) My mother: 1913 at 9 Reliance Square, New Inn Yard, then moving to 22 Aske Street, then 43 Falkirk Street. Education: The Hoxton House School until 1927 – Miss L.S. Gawtress (Head Teacher.) Pitfield Street was their local baths (what a beautiful building) where my mother also learnt to swim and high dive. They were married at St. Leonards in 1937.
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