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ImageThanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund, TimeLine has had the chance to team up with St Paul's, the West Hackney parish church, to collect up and then share stories about some of the amazing people and places that are part of the West Hackney history and heritage.  

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Stories of the Blitz

ImageA Saturday afternoon in September 1940 turned to terror in Hackney.  Suddenly bomber planes filled the skies, and people were scrambling for shelter. The Blitz had begun, leaving masses of memories for us all to read, watch and hear.

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Crimes of the Centuries
ImageThe Victim
In 1899 people up and down the country were gripped by the tragic mystery of the Dalston Murder - a little boy called Manfred, and his murderous mother, Louise Masset.
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The Ashes

ImageOn 2nd September 1882 the story of The Ashes began after England had a disaster at cricket. But the very next day a baby was born in Stamford Hill who would one day fight for those Ashes ...

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Golden Threads
ImageThe golden thread that links the old Grocers' School to Hackney Downs, and the brand new Mossbourne Community Academy.
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Remember the Blitz?
ImageWhen The Blitz got going in Hackney on the night of September 7th 1940, people just did not know what was going to hit them.  Do you remember when high explosives were smashing into houses 
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Toxic Assets
Image In 1850 the newspapers were full of stories about James and Ann Merritt of Pear Tree Place in Clapton.  Click here for their story, and these are some extra facts ... 
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Bertha: aged four forever

ImageWhen they spotted a faint inscription in Abney Park Cemetery, history detectives followed clues that led them to the sad story about the life and times of Bertha Allsop  who died aged four years and six months.  This is what they discovered :

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The Tottenham Outrage
ImageA week that began in Tottenham for schoolboy Ralph Joscelyne and  PC William  Tyler exactly one hundred years ago ended with their funerals in Stoke Newington ....
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Untold Stories
ImageOn Holocaust Memorial Day people all over the world stop to think about the horrors of what humans can do to each other.  In Hackney,  January 27th, the anniversary of when help came to the victims in Auschwitz, is very special.
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Anne Frank - and the others ....
ImageWhat would it be like to live every single day hiding from people who wanted to kill you?  Never going outside, or playing with your friends, always keeping quiet, terrified of a knock at the door .....
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History Detectives
ImageWhen Hassan Ibrahim found a beautiful old book in the builders’ rubble at Abney Public Hall, TimeLine history detectives helped him discover what it was.
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Earthquakes then ....

ImageOver two hundred and fifty years ago, there was a disaster in Lisbon that was like the Great Fire of London and the Tsunami in 2004 all rolled into one ....

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.... and earthquakes now


ImageJust days after that terrible Tsunami in 2004, George Alagiah from the BBC was one of the very first journalists to visit Sri Lanka .....

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Jobs & Work
ImageTwo pupils from Hackney primary schools went to find out from Station Officer Kelly what it is really like to be a fire-fighter. If you would like to know what happens in a fire station, plus some great safety tips, please click here 
 
Lions, tigers & elephants

ImageWhen London Zoo first opened, visitors could see their first lion, tiger or zebra - but the star of all time was Jumbo the elephant. Hunters had torn Jumbo from his Mum in Africa ... 

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