12 Facts About Shoreditch


Shoreditch is a district in the East End of London in England, and forms the southern part of the London Borough of Hackney.

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Shoreditch's early plays were first performed in Shoreditch, at The Theatre and at the nearby Curtain Theatre, built the following year and 200 yards to the south (marked by a commemorative plaque in Hewett Street off Curtain Road).

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Suburb of Shoreditch was attractive as a location for these early theatres because, like Southwark, it was outside the jurisdiction of the somewhat puritanical City fathers.

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Shoreditch was heavily bombed during World War II, with around 495 of its residents killed.

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Shoreditch post-war declined in conditions, as did both textile and furniture industries with competition elsewhere.

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Formerly a predominantly working-class area, since around 1996 Shoreditch has become a popular and fashionable part of London, particularly associated with the creative industries.

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The developments will result in more residential units being available for sale in Shoreditch than were produced by the Olympics athletes' village.

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Shoreditch was an administrative unit with consistent boundaries from the Middle Ages until its merger into the London Borough of Hackney in 1965.

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Shoreditch was based for many centuries on the Ancient Parish of Shoreditch, part of the county of Middlesex.

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In 1965, Shoreditch was merged with Hackney and Stoke Newington to form the new London Borough of Hackney.

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Shoreditch is home to the Baron Wei of Shoreditch, who lives in the area and sits as a Conservative life peer and Lords Temporal as part of the House of Lords.

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Hackney borough part of Shoreditch is part of the Hackney South and Shoreditch constituency, represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2005 by Meg Hillier of the Labour Party and of the Co-operative Party.

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