Architectural Sporting Heritage evening walk

On Tuesday 6th June the rain held off at the start of the walk before a sudden downpour when we hurriedly sheltered inside the London Aquatics Centre. A nearby film crew also had to suspend operations and kindly offered us bacon rolls and chocolate brownies. This walk runs during the London Festival of Architecture 2017.


Inside the London Aquatics Centre. Photo by Philip Pound

Next to me in the middle of the photo is Rev. Sue Makin of St Mary of Eton church at Hackney Wick. This guided walk looks at the modern architecture before stepping back into the past on Hackney Wick. Sue’s church was founded in 1880 by Eton College who set up (and funded) a church and mission to help the working poor in this part of London. In 1913 a group of four old Etonians built an enormous sports clubhouse. One of them was Gerald Wellesley, grandson of the Duke of Wellington, who was fighting poverty and deprivation on the playing fields of the Hackney marshes.

The rain soon stopped and when we headed up the park rainbows appeared. Philip Pound, our resident photographer on the walk, did a brilliant job in capturing them.

London Aquatics Centre. Photo by Philip Pound

The church has recently been restored, and Rev. Sue kindly came along to open it for us. When we got there we found coffee and biscuits were waiting. This was a really thoughtful act.

The walk runs at 11am on Sun 11th June and Sun 25th June. The coffee and biscuits will be waiting for us again in the church. Do join me if you can on this exploration of the past, present and future of the Hackney Marshes.