Woman survives Dalston crash

A woman had to be cut free from her car by firemen after a collision at the junction of Dalston Lane and Amhurst Road to the west of the Pembury Arms on Wednesday 2 June 2010. The woman was taken by ambulance to Homerton Hospital.

The car came to a juddering rest in Amhurst Road, near if not in Dalston. Below, some of the expert help that was summoned

A large team of police was summoned to cordon off the intersection to make space for several fire engines that stood by for possible action. Buses and other traffic suffered severe diversions while a crowd assembled at the orange tape lines to speculate on what was happening before, no doubt, rushing home to log on to Loving Dalston for the facts.

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11 thoughts on “Woman survives Dalston crash

  1. Thank you, Kim. This is a fascinatingand informative wikipedia article, apparently from the Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa vol 3 and other good sources. Much as I like the wiki concept, I am dismayed its execution, which has resulted in the dissemination of many howlers, so many that Loving Dalston tries to be a wiki-free zone. That proscription is lifted, somewhat reluctantly, for its thoughtful and supportive readers. As the wiki article you have cited shows, Kim, there are more reliable sources, which I always seek out for Loving Dalston. I hope this does not sound pompous.

  2. probably was Royal lands round here. Henry VIII had a hunting lodge on Newington Green and there is King Henry’s Walk

  3. A clarification, Mr D: the name predates the preacher. I think “the land of the King (“Kingis land” in old-speak) is the origin of “King’s land”. After all, Samuel Pepys wrote on 12 May 1667: “Walked over the fields to Kingsland and back again; a walk, I think, I have not taken these twenty years; but puts me in mind of my boy’s time, when I boarded at Kingsland, and used to shoot with my bow and arrow in these fields.” And, yes, the diarist is referring to what we now call Dalston. See: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=45255

  4. ‘Kingland’ was added to Dalston after the Victorian preacher John Campbell (1766-1840) Independent Minister, Philanthropist and Traveller. He became a Congregational minister and founded an independent chapel, ‘Kingsland’that once stood opposite the Rio where the Tesco is now. John Campbell road is next to the cinema. He is buried in Abney Park Cemetery


  5. Thanks, Mr/Messrs Anonymous; I’m always grateful for reader criticism. Since your three, yes, 3, comments, 2 of them repetitious, I’ve altered the caption. How to define Dalston is not easy. I reject the bureaucratic-political boundaries of wards, preferring a more historical yet loose definition. As you’ll probably know, the Dalston name steadily came to replace “Kingsland” (Land of the King), now no longer recognised as a geographical entity. So Dalston is almost what we make it, although of course it is also in Hackney — as are all the areas mentioned in the subtitle below the Loving Dalston name above. The authoritative British History Online site says: “By 1870 houses along Dalston Lane and Amhurst Road East joined Dalston to Hackney village…”. The inference to be drawn is that the accident junction was at least a mid-area between Dalston and Hackney if not a part of Dalston. What would you call the junction? “Hackney” is not specific enough. Incidentally, you can use a pseudonym for comments — Anonymous is a default name. And unless you specify otherwise, Loving Dalston cannot see your eddress.

  6. dalston? i think you need some geography lessons. hackney yes, but not dalston

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