Stoke Newington District
The area of north London known today as Stoke Newington has been settled since prehistoric times. When the Romans occupied Britain a road from London to York cut through the area. And in Saxon times there was a village in the district - it was this Saxon village that gave the area its name, meaning "new town in the wood".
Until the mid 19th century the area remained largely undeveloped. But as London expanded housing soon swamped the area. Luckily though, the area was favoured by London's wealthier residents and so much of the architecture was smart and elegant.
This is still reflected today as lots of buildings survive from the 19th century, and some from the 18th century. And some parts of the area still manage to retain a "village" feel to them.
But unfortunately German bombs destroyed some parts of the district during the Second World War, and so large parts of Stoke Newington were rebuilt as endless drab flats. So you may find that you have to hunt out the nicer parts.
Today Stoke Newington is often included as part of the district of Hackney. There is a strong cosmopolitan feel to the area, which is reflected in the number of ethnic shops and restaurants in the district.
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