IN the late 1800s, giving birth outside of marriage carried massive social stigma. No maternity facilities were provided for single mothers apart from those of the local workhouse, where many of those disowned by their families or employers ended up.
THE 2012 Olympiad has showcased more than 10,000 athletes from over 200 countries, competing in 39 disciplines across 26 sports, from aquatics to wrestling, so hopefully everyone found something to enjoy.
BEFORE the Olympic Park was built most people would not have associated Hackney with international athletics. However, 150 years ago world records were being made and broken within a mile of where the Olympic stadium now stands.
THE much loved public space of Hoxton Square began life in October 1683, when the Austen family leased the southern area of what was known as the Church Field – part of their Hoxton landholdings – to Samuel Blewitt and London ship owner and merchant Robert Hackshaw.