It is important to be aware that St Mary of Eton is not the name of an obscure saint but reflects the importance that the world famous Eton College has had on our church’s development.
The 19th Century saw huge changes in Britain’s fortunes as a result of the Industrial Revolution. However, with the huge increase in the Nation’s Wealth, there were areas as there are today, that suffered in producing that wealth. Hackney overall was a prosperous neighbourhood but South Hackney, known as the Wick, was considered as ‘The Sink’. The social deprivation in this area was marked.