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Hackney Manor

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Brooke House

In the civil parish of Hackney.
In the historic county of London and Middlesex.
Modern Authority of London Borough of Hackney.
1974 county of Greater London.
Medieval County of Middlesex.

OS Map Grid Reference: TQ34798624
Latitude 51.55906° Longitude -0.05692°

Hackney Manor has been described as a probable Palace.

There are no visible remains.


Hackney's largest house was Brooke House, which stood on a site north west of the junction of Lea Bridge and Upper Clapton roads, now occupied by part of Hackney Community College. The earliest part of the house was probably built for William Worsley, Dean of St Paul's, who owned the estate from 1476 until 1496, when he sold it to Sir Reginald Bray. It passed to the Southwell family and was sold to Henry Algernon Percy, earl of Northumberland in 1531. In an exchange of lands with Henry VIII, the Hackney house passed to the King in January 1535. Occasionally used by Henry but no major building work. Given to William Herbert in 1547. Finally demolished in 1954. (National Archive's Learning Curve site)

Site of a brick courtyard house partly excavated by Grimes. Courtyard 1 built c 1476 by Worsley, Dean of St Pauls, possibly over an earlier structure? Courtyard 2 showed part of major rebuilding by Thomas Cromwell. Held by Henry VIII, traditionally the king's place at Hackney. Name from Grevilles, Lord Brookes who held it 1609-1820. Divided up in early 18th century. 1759 converted to mental asylum. Bombed 1940, demolished 1955. (Greater London HER)

Brooke House was formerly a possession of the Percys, and was acquired by Henry VIII in 1535. Soon after the accession of Edward VI the house was granted to Sir William Herbert, and in 1609 by Fulke Greville, afterwards Lord Brooke, from whom the house took its name. It was demolished in 1955. (PastScape ref. HKW)
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