Hackney Wick is an area in the east of London, situated on the boundary of the boroughs of Hackney and Tower Hamlets. Hackney Wick lies in the east of the borough of Hackney and in the south of the area a part of the Olympic Park can be found. Hackney Wick can easily be reached by using the tube to Hackney Central, the historic central of the London Borough of Hackney, which lies west of Hackney Wick.
In the 19th and the early 20th century, Hackney Wick was mostly known because of its thriving industry. Many people moved to the area and a number of revolutionary products were first produced in the factories of Hackney Wick. Examples of such products are the world’s first synthetic plastic (parkesine), the dyestuff intermediate Primuline, Meldola’s Blue dye and dry cleaning services were first introduced in England in a factory in Hackney Wick.
As the industrial age ended, Hackney Wick started losing a lot of its industry. Many people started leaving the area and because of that some parts of Hackney Wick were redeveloped. One of the biggest projects that was executed in the Hackney Wick was the construction of Greater London Council’s Trowbridge Estate in the sixties. Seven modern 21-storey tower blocks were constructed, but the project was not a success. The buildings deteriorated quickly and they were demolished several decades later.
Recently, things are looking a bit better again for Hackney Wick. Thanks to the 2012 Olympics in London, a part of Hackney Wick was successfully redeveloped and the Hackney Wick Stadium was used in the 2012 Olympics as the official media and broadcast center. The stadium was renovated before the Olympics and it is now available for commercial use.
Besides that, more and more artists are moving to Hackney Wick due to the affordable rent prices in the area. The artistic community is thriving and with the introduction of events such as the Hackney Wicked Festival, it seems Hackney Wick is now becoming an area that can capture the interest of the world once again and it’s an area that the British people can be proud of.