Facts about Shoreditch
Shoreditch General Info
Shoreditch is a district in the East End of London, forming the southern part of the London Borough of Hackney, with neighboring parts of Tower Hamlets also perceived as a part of the area. In the 16th century, Shoreditch was an important center of the Elizabethan Theatre, and it has been an important entertainment center since that time; today hosting many pubs, bars and nightclubs.
The most commercial areas lie closest to the city of London and along the A10 Road, with the rest mostly residential. Other scholars, however, have challenged this interpretation on the grounds that the City of London lies between Shoreditch and the Thames.
Shoreditch High Street and Kingsland Road are a small sector of the Roman Ermine Street and modern A10. Known also as the Old North Road, it was a major coaching route to the north, exiting the City at Bishopsgate. The east-west course of Old Street–Hackney Road was also probably originally a Roman Road, connecting Silchester with Colchester, bypassing the City of London to the south.
In 1574 the City authorities banned the building of playhouses in the City of London area, consequently, theatres were built in the suburbs, beyond its jurisdiction. This priory was located between Shoreditch High Street and Curtain Road to east and west, and Batemans Row and Holywell Lane to north and south. Nothing remains of it today.