Perched on the edge of leafy Stoke Newington Common, this airy apartment is a triumph of light and space. The plan occupies part of a grand 19th-century house, unfolding over almost 700 sq ft with two large, bright bedrooms. Its ambient interior spaces are characterised by its white-washed original pine floorboards, neutral walls and original bay windows that usher in a soft natural light.
Setting the Scene
Constructed using yellow London stock brick and with red brick quoin-style details, the house’s handsome late Victorian façade is typical of its period. During the 19th century, the demand for housing stock in London grew rapidly, with quiet grazing commons suddenly becoming alluring green spaces. Known as Cockhanger Green, Shakewell Common, and Newington Green before becoming Stoke Newington Common, the space was renamed as the area was developed. Today, it’s a much-loved spot of around five acres with plenty of places to sit and bask in the sun. For more information, please see the History section.
The Grand Tour
Entering at the side of the building, a sturdy timber door leads to the communal flight of stairs. The first-floor front door to the apartment reveals an airy open-plan living space. Bay windows framed with original shutter joinery push outward, drawing in light through large, inset sashes. Cast iron period-appropriate new radiators tastefully offset the otherwise neutral interiors, while shelving within alcoves provides storage for books and display space for favourite objects.
A central island with seating subtly divides the kitchen from the open-plan living space. Clad in birch-faced ply, the raw, golden finish of the cabinetry contrasts with stainless steel integrated appliances and storage.
Down a short hallway is a bright double bedroom with expansive bay windows. The adjacent bathroom is lined with white metro tiles that contrast against the cosy, dark green tones.
Accessed via a short flight of stairs, the second bedroom has a wonderful sense of seclusion. Original sash windows frame views of the pretty Gothic Revival church nearby.
Out and About
Northwold Road is in a brilliant area packed with cafés, restaurants, pubs, bars and shops. The apartment is close to Abney Park – a wild, woodland space – and around 20 minutes from the green expanse of Clissold Park. It is also within easy reach of the independent businesses of Stoke Newington and Newington Green; Esters and Jolene are notable neighbourhood favourites. Much-loved Church Street is nearby and is home to The Spence Bakery, Whole Foods and The Good Egg, as well as many other culinary delights. A short walk away is Primeur; recently described as “the perfect neighbourhood restaurant”, it serves modern European cuisine and natural wine on nearby Petherton Road.
Stations in Stoke Newington and Rectory Road are close by; both run London Overground services to Liverpool Street in around 10 minutes or Seven Sisters in around four minutes, for connections to the Underground. Several buses run into central London and the neighbouring Dalston area.
Tenure: Share of Freehold
Lease length: Approx. 997 years remaining
Service Charge: Approx. £150 per month + portion of building insurance, £1,500 per annum
Council Tax Band: C
Stoke Newington (affectionately referred to as ‘Stokey’ by its residents) and Newington Green occupy the north-west corner of Hackney. Both neighbourhoods are veritably steeped in history – with Stoke Newington long belonging to St Paul’s diocese and the west side of Newington Green home to London’s oldest brick terrace (numbers 52-55), dating back to 1658.
Artefacts discovered in Stoke Newington Common and Abney Park & Cemetery date the earliest habitation in the area to the Neolithic period. Stoke Newington is believed to mean ‘new town in the wood’ and was lightly settled for several centuries, close to larger neighbouring Saxon settlements along the River Lea. In the Middle Ages and Tudor times, it was a very small village a few miles from the city of London, frequently visited by travellers journeying north. The Manor of Stoke Newington is recorded as ‘Neutone’ in the Domesday Book of 1086, and is described as belonging to St Paul’s diocese both before and after the Norman Conquest, with the manor providing an income for the work of the cathedral.
During the 18th century, the manor passed to Lady Mary Abney, of the eponymous park and cemetery, who first drew up detailed plans of the area and began laying out designated parkland. During this period, a number of Quaker and nonconformist families settled in the area, laying the groundwork for the area’s reputation as being anti-establishment. By the end of the 19th century, however, much of the land had been sold off in parcels; gradually, the village was absorbed into the city.
In the 1960s, Stoke Newington became the stomping ground for political radicals and bohemians; Newington Green’s Unitarian Church was a centre for revolutionary thinking and social reform. Notably, the church is where early feminist philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft had her political awakening. Today, both areas retain a village-like feel – especially around Stoke Newington’s Church Street and Newington Green itself – in part because they are not on the tube map, and are instead served by the Overground network.
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