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Talks at the Tower

Please note the talks are taking place at St Augustine's Tower (St John’s Churchyard, Behind 354 Mare Street, London E8 1HR).

Monday 19th June at 7.30PM: Anna Birch - Mary Wollstonecraft, Radical Feminist of Newington Green. Mary Wollstonecraft is the author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman one of the earliest works of feminist philosophy. Local artist Anna Birch will introduce Wollstonecraft’s life and work and her own project to create a ‘living monument’ to Wollstonecraft and a Wollstonecraft memorial on Newington Green.

Tuesday 20th June at 7.30PM: Mark Gorman - Popular protest and the saving of east London's green spaces. The growth of nineteenth-century London was unprecedented, and evoked ever-growing protest as commons and green spaces were built over. The story usually told of the preservation of London's commons is that of middle-class activists, while the vital role that ordinary Londoners also played has been largely forgotten. This is their story.

Wednesday 21st June at 7.30PM: Ken Worpole - Life during wartime: an appreciation of the novelist Alexander Baron. 2017 is the centenary of the birth of Alexander Baron, described as ‘the greatest British novelist of the last war’. Baron was born and lived in Stoke Newington, and wrote more than 20 novels, some set in the local Jewish community. Writer Ken Worpole knew, and corresponded with Baron and reflects on the achievements of this humane novelist, who had seen the worst but hoped for the best.

Thursday 22nd June at 7.30PM: Amir Dotan - Saved by the People: The Creation of Clissold Park. Clissold Park, the jewel of Stoke Newington, only exists because of a passionate campaign in the 1880s to save to the estate from development. As the last remaining open space in the area, the prospect of losing it to the "jerry builder" prompted concerned local residents to mobilise. The dramatic story can now be told for the first time through the recent discovery of the private papers of the chief campaigner, Joseph Beck.

Friday 23rd June at 7.30PM: Sean Gubbins - 'Simpson’s - A cut above the rest'. Sean’s talk is about the Simpson’s factory in Stoke Newington Road and the family firm behind it. Started in 1894 by a 16-year old tailor in the East End’s Petticoat Lane, Simpson’s revolutionised men’s clothing with its DAKS trousers and grew into a world-renowned manufacturer of menswear. Simpson’s built its state-of-the-art factory in 1929 and was at one point the largest employer in Hackney.

Tower opens at 7.00PM; talks commence at 7.30PM. All talks are free but must be booked by calling HHBT on 0208 986 0029 or by e-mail at

Earlier Event: June 16
East London Comics & Arts Festival
Later Event: June 19
Psychedelic Gong Bath