Stour Space

 

Where & What is Stour Space?

Stour Space is a venue that offers exhibition space, performing and creative arts space, a shop and a café. It works with enterprises and represents the local neighborhood community. It was opened in 2009 and was previously an unused 19th Century Warehouse type looking building.

Stour Space Interior, Gallery and cafe
Stour Space Interior, Gallery and Cafe

Where is Stour Space

Essentially it is in the land that’s being regenerated behind the Olympic stadium and Queen Elizabeth Park. Three London Boroughs touch here Tower Hamlets, Newham, and Hackney.

How to get to this venue if you are unfamiliar with the area and try to wade through google maps may seem daunting. There are buses from Stratford station terminal that go near Parnell rd , Wansbeck rd E3 2PR.

If you google this venue’s address, it looks like an interesting set of puzzles or decisions in how to get there. You can see Hackney Wick station  is the most direct way to get there.

On the way to Stour space old buildings graffiti
On the way to Stour space old buildings graffitti

 

It is well worth making the trip to Hackney Wick via over ground. It gives you an eerie sense of the expanse of land space that needed to be cleared in order to house the Olympic stadium and Queen Elizabeth Park. As the train passes by the stadium you see on the outside the proud nameplate WESTHAM as it is now their football stadium.

Read on you will be visiting a surrounded cut off area, known as Fish Island that was mainly initially was only accessed by water. See our Fish Island Post

Now there are little bridges and many different walks you could take.

Stour Space 1
Bridge on the way to Stour Space

The short walk from Hackney Wick station to Stour space gives you in one sense a sense of baron uncertainty. However, the nostalgia of the deserted part of old London is worth it for the stunning view across the canal of the Olympic stadium. A postcard view of the old countryside, modern monument, previous industry current enterprise all in one small snapshot.

Canal walkway to Stour space Old & new buildings
Canal walkway to Stour space Old & new buildings

 

Hackney Wick is in zone 2. The station opened in 1980  and had British Rail trains going there. Early 2017 saw the station being modified, it still has construction going on, the stairways up to the track looking like ramparts all part of the trip experience. It now serves as a London Overground stop which is one stop from Stratford International.

Hackney Wick view from the overground platforms construction area
Hackney Wick view from the overground platforms construction area
Hackney Wick walkway from the overground platform during construction
Hackney Wick walkway from the overground platform during construction

Stour Space 2

 

Years ago a trip on a bus 30, that still terminates at Hackney Wick, was the bus to catch, in order to visit a market. It was a huge car boot sale and other goods market that used to run in that area on a Sunday Morning. It would be good to know from readers if they went there or know more about it or where it was actually held.

constructing new, slowly removing the old on a walk to Stour space
constructing new, slowly removing the old on a walk to Stour space

In the mid-80s the Trowbridge council Estate built in the 1960s was demolished see the link. Other blocks in that area were still being demolished in the mid-90s. The Documentary states that the buildings suffered from mold and damp because they were designed to be built in hot countries! Were they having a laugh given the British Climate and the marsh and Waterland around that site it’s hardly a tropical island?

The remaining old buildings on the way to Stour space
The remaining old buildings on the way to Stour space
New developments construction work on the way to Stour Space
New developments construction work on the way to Stour Space

A lot of disused buildings in the state of being knocked down, and a village of skeletons of new builds and major regeneration projects. A deserted town of graffiti hard hats and glimpses of old-style industrial buildings on the banks of the canal. The canal meanders in and around the area and towpaths lead to various walkways one can do.

Stour Space 3

 

Stour Space 4

 

The exhibition space was a warm haven from the slight snow freckle that started and the bitting chilling wind earlier in the year when we visited a photographic exhibition they had there, which was free entry. The photos showed what revolutions continued to happen in Hackney during two key decades many of us have fond memories of.

See Fish Island History

Stour Space 5

 

Some key locations to key in when searching on maps or possible routes for this area

  1. The River Lea Navigation and Hertford Union Canal. Hackney  Cut
  2. Hackney Wick station
  3. The Olympic Park, Stratford
  4. Stour space 7 Roach Rd, London E3 2PA
  5. Bus Parnell Road, Wansbeck rd
  6. Walkways along the canal, Hertford union locks top, middle and lower lock no.1 no2 and no3
  7. Victoria Park.
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