Haggerston

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Coordinates: 51°32′05″N 0°04′36″W / 51.53463°N 0.07663°W / 51.53463; -0.07663

Haggerston is an area and a electoral ward in the London Borough of Hackney, in northeast London, UK. It is bounded by Hackney Road on the south, Kingsland Road on the west, Middleton Road on the north with London Fields and Broadway Market on the east. In the 1990s a number of the area's more rundown housing estates were refurbished and some disused public buildings were privately converted as gated communities.

The area today has the highest crime rate of the borough of Hackney.[1]

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Origin

Haggerston, is first recorded in the Domesday Book as Hergotestane, possibly of Viking origin, as an outlying hamlet of Shoreditch. By Rocque's 1745 map of Hackney, the village is shown as Agostone,[2] by the 19th century it had become a part of the urban sprawl with streets of workers' cottages, and factories lining the canal.

Today

The proximity to Hoxton and Shoreditch has made the area popular with students and workers in the creative industries, as these nearby areas have grown more expensive. In recent years, escalating property prices have driven commercial art galleries further into east London, which has exacerbated this effect.

A shortage of secondary school places has made the area less attractive to families but this is likely to change with the building of a City Academy on Laburnum Street which runs between Kingsland and Queensbridge Road.

Many Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laotian people have formed communities in Haggerston and nearby Shoreditch. Outside the area, the most visible sign of this is the profusion of Southeast Asian restaurants on nearby Kingsland Road in Shoreditch and on Mare Street in Hackney. There is also a notable Russian community focused on bars and cafés along Kingsland Road.

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