Women from Hackney's History

in collaboration with Hackney History

A reprint of the book is now shipping. 

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2021 (8th March), The Hackney Society and Hackney History launched a new publication containing 113 brief illustrated biographies of women from Hackney’s history who lived or worked, were born or buried in today’s borough. Drawn from widely differing backgrounds, none of these women is still with us but their stories cover five centuries and show us how times have changed for women and for Hackney. Written and designed by Hackney women, the book has been produced in collaboration with Hackney History (Friends of The Hackney Archives).

TALK: Sue Doe & Lucy Madison talk about the book and five of the women in it. View the talk on YouTube.

WOMEN OF ABNEY: Find out more about our collaboration with Tower Theatre in association with Abney Park Cemetery Trust, to bring the stories of thirteen women from the book, to life. Visit the Women of Abney page.

Some Hackney women you may not yet know:

EDITH GARRUD led the suffragette Bodyguards. She was a jui-jitsu expert reported to have thrown a policeman over her shoulder. She lived in Stoke Newington.

MINNIE GREEN ayah or Indian nanny, was abused by her employers, won redress in court and found shelter in the Ayahs’ Home in King Edward’s Road.

BEATRICE HASTINGS born in King Edward’s Road, was a journalist, polemicist and poet who lived in Paris with Amedeo Modigliani. Katherine Mansfield was also her lover.

REBECCA JARRETT a prostitute, found refuge in Hackney. She helped abduct a young girl in order to expose child sex trafficking.

HETTY KING the King of the Male Impersonators, enjoyed a stellar career and was billed the Female Beau Brummell by the Hackney Empire.

ALICE MARRIOTT of the National Standard Theatre in Shoreditch played Hamlet and, in separate productions, both Romeo and Juliet. She also ran the theatre.

HANNAH SNELL dressed as a man to search for her errant husband, was press ganged into the army and joined the Royal Marines before settling in Stoke Newington.

Read about these women and over 100 others.



You can download a low-resolution preview of this book.

Published: 8 March 2021 ISBN: 978-1-80049-210-3, 160pp, 162x241x14mm, full colour, 172 illustrations, hardback, £15 + P&P

Lucy Madison and Susan Doe talk about women from the book

About the Book

Photo:Women from Hackney's History - front cover

Women from Hackney's History - front cover

Photo:Helen Chadwick (sample entry)

Helen Chadwick (sample entry)

Photo:Elizabeth Chivers (sample entry)

Elizabeth Chivers (sample entry)

Photo:Belle Davis (sample entry)

Belle Davis (sample entry)

Photo:Women of Abney - film tiltle sequence

Women of Abney - film tiltle sequence

This page was added on 27/01/2021.