This edition is more than a bit late caused by the fact that I (and many other users) have been unable to upload my photos to Flickr. I have tried for several days, reported on detail on the problems in the Flickr Forums and even managed to get the Private Eye of Computing – The Register to publish an article about the issue. Despite all this, it still does not work and I have had to use Google Photos – which I must say is very easy to use.
It will make little difference to your viewing the photos – just double click on the first one and then use the right pointing arrow to move onto the next one.
I undertook the (not very long) walk from Dalston Junction Station on the London Overground to Stoke Newington. Dalston is a part of Hackney that is being described as a new area being gentrified; Stoke Newington – further up the Kingsland Road – is an area that has been gentrified for some time.
Right next door to Dalston Station is a new apartment block going up and the area could end up comprising little more than expensive apartments, but whilst there will not be much mourning for what was before, if everywhere in London comprises apartment blocks that all too many cannot afford – you might ask what was the point?
Stoke Newington has experienced a longer and more gentle process of gentrification which has involved much more improvements to the housing stock over a long period, with little in the way of new blocks.
Right opposite Dalston Station is Ridley Road market – not a market for trendies – very busy, very diverse in population. Ridley Road itself contains some awful apartment buildings which house only the poorest people on benefits and which were subject of a BBC Panorama programme some time ago.
Back on the Kingsland Road, almost all of the shops, restaurants and buildings between Dalston Junction and Stoke Newington are Turkish.
Stoke Newington Church Street is clearly middle class and fashionable. I have a number of photos of some of the shops and restaurants and of the local very attractive library and St Mark’s Church.
At the end of the street is Abney Park Cemetery – one of the major London cemeteries. It is an unconsecrated cemetery – which (I think) merely means it wasn’t of the Church of England’s making – though some distinguished Christian people – such as General Booth of the Salvation Army are buried there. I have only photographed just at the entrance – it is quite a walk around the cemetery itself.