Nearest Tube: Shoreditch or Whitechapel
This area of the East End of London is named after a small Anglo-Saxon settlement called Scoreditch, which was situated on the junction of two Roman Roads.
It was in this district that London's first theatre was built in 1576. In 1598 it re-located to Southwark and became the famous Globe Theatre, the theatre most closely associated with Shakespeare and his work.
And it was in Shoreditch that Robert Geffrye's built several almshouses, which are now home to the lovely Geffrye Museum.
By the 17th century the area had undergone some development, with lots of housing around the high street. And development continued steadily over the next 200 years, the most dramatic period being the late 18th century when industrialisation reached the area.
Today Shoreditch is a largely residential area, and is part of the borough of Hackney.
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