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Gunpost Near the Junction with City Road

A Grade II Listed Building in Hackney, London

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Latitude: 51.5279 / 51°31'40"N

Longitude: -0.0893 / 0°5'21"W

OS Eastings: 532642

OS Northings: 182724

OS Grid: TQ326827

Mapcode National: GBR S6.3H

Mapcode Global: VHGQT.DVNM

Plus Code: 9C3XGWH6+47

Entry Name: Gunpost Near the Junction with City Road

Listing Date: 13 July 2006

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1391700

English Heritage Legacy ID: 495971

Location: Hoxton, Hackney, London, EC1V

County: London

District: Hackney

Electoral Ward/Division: Hoxton West

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Hackney

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Holy Trinity Hoxton

Church of England Diocese: London

Tagged with: Architectural structure

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735/0/10206 BRITANNIA WALK
13-JUL-06 (West side)
Gunpost near the junction with City Road

Cast iron gun-post, early-mid C19, of a typical design in its original location.

Inscribed on the plinth is: "ST L / MIDDLESEX / No. 109". It is likely that the illegible character was an S, making the first line "St L S", the shorthand for St Leonard's Shoreditch used on several of the other gun-posts in the area. This gun-post marks the boundary of the parish of St Leonard's Shoreditch, a grade I listed church of 1736 by George Dance the Elder.

HISTORY: Following the end of the Napoleonic Wars many cannons were used as bollards, mostly appearing on the streets of London. These cannon-bollards inspired the design of this gun-post, and the others in the area which mark the boundary of the parish of St Leonard's Shoreditch. Parish boundaries have now been superseded but from the medieval period until the C20 they were the principal administrative units of government, used, for example, for the distribution of social welfare and in official records.

SUMMARY OF IMPORTANCE: This cast iron gun-post dates from the early-mid C19 and marks the boundaries of the parish of St Leonard's Shoreditch. Gun-post boundary markers are an interesting reminder of this historical division of land and for this the gun-post near the junction of City Road and Britannia Walk, which survives in its original location, is of special historic interest. This gun-post is also of architectural special interest as a surviving fragment of the early-mid C19 streetscape, in a design inspired by the cannons used in the the Napoleonic Wars.

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