Wick Curiosity Shop

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Off the Track Walk






Hackney Wick

Monkey Parades were popular from at least the 1840's and were a British working class institution, which probably started life in the crowded urban centres. This courting congregation that saw men and women lavishly dressed to impress was rife in Hackney in 19th Century. The walk will retrace a visual journey of the Wick by George Sims, a journalist during the height of the popularity of Monkey Parades in the late 1800s. Participants are invited to dress to impress and the ladies are invited to wear lavish hats (designed by the ladies at the Wick) ending with a drink on Mabley Green.

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