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Hackney Downs is a park and an area of historically common land in the Lower Clapton area of the London Borough of Hackney. The name is sometimes also used to apply to the neighbourhood around the park.
Hackney Downs Wikipedia
The Downs open space was originally common land, preserved from the 1860s as parkland as a result of pressure by the Commons Preservation Society. At 16 hectares (40 acres), the park is one of the larger open spaces wholly within the London Borough of Hackney. It has a play area, basketball courts, football pitches and a bowling green.
Occupying, as it does, a fairly central place in Hackney, the park used to be the yearly venue for the popular Hackney Show, but this event — which helped to give a sense of community and identity to an often-troubled borough — has been discontinued in recent times as a cost-cutting measure, as have the regular Fireworks Night shows. The park was given a Green Flag award in July 2008.
The ‘Hackney Downs’ neighbourhood can be described as the western part of Lower Clapton; the area to the west of Cricketfield Road.
It borders on Stoke Newington and Dalston to the west (on the other side of the railway line) – Stoke Newington and Upper Clapton to the north, Hackney Central to the south and the rest of Lower Clapton to the east.
The streets north and south of the park are dominated by social housing – these areas were largely rebuilt during the 1930s and 1960s.
Hackney Downs School was also located here. The site has been redeveloped as the Mossbourne Community Academy.
There is a Hackney Downs electoral ward, but as with most wards, its extent is very different from that of the neighbourhood from which it takes its name.
The two London Overground stations are Hackney Central on the North London line and Hackney Downs on the Lea Valley Lines to Liverpool Street.