Monday, 5 July 2021

July Outings, de Beauvoir Square and St Augustine's Tower Hackney

 As we missed so many outings during lockdown your organisers have decided to go for two outings a month whilst the so called summer lasts and Covid restrictions allow.

Our next outing is to de Beauvoir Square on Tuesday 13 July. Meet at the square at 11 am by the rose garden. The square is quite small, so we can't miss each other. It is a charming late Georgian/early Victorian Square in an unusual Tudor/Gothic style. Three sides remain intact but the east side is a part of a Hackney housing estate. There are wonderful big plane trees, a rose garden and a children's play area. It is very much a local community hub. 

de Beauvoir Square is the centre of the de Beauvoir, owned by the Benyon estate. Wikipedia is fairly informative. The photo is one I have copied from the de Beauvoir news and is by Stephen King, who lives locally.

There is a short walk to 'Bread and Butter' on Enfield Road, a cafe with outdoor seating and loos. There are also cafes on Kingsland Road.

The nearest stations are Haggerston and Dalston Junction, both of which have overground trains from Highbury and Islington. Buses run along Southgate Road and Kingsland Road. The postcode for the square is N1 4LG

Then on Tuesday 27 July we meet at 11 am outside the tower of St Augustine's, Hackney, E8 1HT. This is all that remains of the original St John's Church and was founded by the Knights Hospitaller. The church was subsequently moved to the very nearby St John at Hackney, which shares St John's Garden, a park and a graveyard.

The Tower is at the north end of Mare Street, with many cafes nearby. The nearest station is Hackney Central, overground from Highbury. Useful buses are the 30 and 38.

Nearby are Clapton Square, Sutton House and a pretty row of Georgian Houses in Sutton Place.

Please send your pics for both events to Janet's number for the day is 07815 772857

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