Goldsmiths Row in the 1740s

Over two hundred years ago in the 1740s, the site of the Farm was farmland situated at the end of an important footpath for Hackney’s farmers and market gardeners, who would drive sheep and carry produce into the City down what is now Goldsmiths Row.

The Nag’s Head, a pub opposite the Farm’s site that is now a shop, was a meeting place for highwaymen and the other ruffians who frequented Hackney Road, which was then a dark and winding rural track that carried the wealthy residents of Hackney into the City.

Research by Beatrice as part of Stepping Out – Celebrating Hackney City Farm 2014-5.