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  • proper n. A London borough where once upon a time many horses were pastured.
  • proper n. One of several breeds of compact English horses.
  • proper n. An English habitational surname.
  • proper n. (A means of transportation that is) available for public hire.


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The senses "a horse" and "(a means of transport) available for hire" derive from the fact that many horses were kept in the London borough of Hackney, and were available for hire. The place name is from Old English Hacan ieg "Hacan's Isle" (or "Hook's Island"), referring to dry land in a marsh.


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  • Only the past week he had answered an advertisement in Hackney, and on giving his age was told, "Oh, too old, too old by far."


  • I'd barely sparked up my nicotine fix before Al answered back, bless him, and before I knew it, I had blow-by-blow detailed instructions on how to get to Al and Heather's place in Hackney, with alternative routes for simplicity versus scenery, and even a sneaky wee way of getting me into their flat in their absence.

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  • Greg Hackney is from where I live so this is pretty cool.

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  • Since then, Silvia Ullmayer and Allan Sylvester opened their practice and have since gone on to work on innovative projects such as The New Summerhouse and Minihome Nursery, both in Hackney, London.

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  • It is often said that Alan Sugar, businessman, entrepreneur and media personality, has travelled "from a council flat in Hackney to the House of Lords", but the tidiness of the phrase glides past the time he still necessarily spends on an industrial estate in Essex.

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  • Anyone who has spent much time in Hackney will often find themselves laughing in recognition.

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  • Hackney is a tolerant place and we've never seen anything like this before.

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  • Andy - Mrs Gadget would probably not go out in Hackney or where ever alone at night because

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  • Still, those intervening years have done wonders for the atmosphere of the place, and I would put it, along with its smaller sister cemetery, Abney Park in Hackney, as one of my top ten places to see in London.

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