Off the Track

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"Monkey Parades" were popular from at least the 1840's and were a British working class institution, which probably started life in the crowded urban centres. This courting congregation that saw men and women lavishly dressed to impress was rife in Hackney in 19th Century. The walk, held on March 2011 as part of the Wick Curiosity Shop programme in Hackney Wick (Section "The Way We Walk"), retraced a visual journey of the Wick by George Sims, a journalist during the height of the popularity of "Monkey Parades" in the late 1800s.

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