Dalston

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Coordinates: 51°32′36″N 0°03′34″W / 51.543307°N 0.059486°W / 51.543307; -0.059486

Dalston is a district of east London, England, located in the London Borough of Hackney. It is situated 4 miles (6.4 km) northeast of Charing Cross. The area is identified in the London Plan as one of 35 major centres in Greater London.[1] Its historical borders are Kingsland Road and Kingsland High Street in the west, London Fields in the east, Downs Park Road in the north and the Shoreditch parish boundary in the south. Its main shopping street, Kingsland High Street, follows the route of the Roman Ermine Street, and has the road number A10. Modern Dalston is often seen as the area surrounding both sides of Kingsland High Street, even though some of the west side is within the London Borough of Islington.

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History

The name Dalston is thought to have derived from Deorlaf’s tun (farm)[2] in much the same way as nearby Hoxton was named after the farm of ‘Hoch’.

The village was one of four small villages within the Parish of Hackney, Dalston, Newington, Shacklewell, and Kingsland that were all grouped for assessment purposes, together having only as many houses as the village of Hackney.

John Rocque's map of circa 1746 shows the village of Kingsland centred around the crossroads at Dalston Junction and the small village of Dalston further east along Dalston Lane.

Around AD 1280 a leper hospital was founded in Dalston by the citizens of London and in AD 1549 it was attached to the chapel of St Bartholomew as an outhouse.

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