Perch Street, E8

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Named in 1881 most likely after a corruption of Perwich, after former local estate owners. Indeed in 1664 the estate of Robert Perwich ( – August 31, 1676) was the largest of all in the Hackney area and was a local schoolmaster. Or perhaps Susanna Perwich, his daughter-in-law, who became the subject of a book extolling the rights of women’s education. The book, The virgins pattern, in the exemplary life and lamented death of Mrs. Susanna Perwich, daughter of Mr. Robert Perwich, who departed this life … July 3, 1661 published at the earn[est] request of divers that knew her well, for the use and benefit of others by John Batchiler, “a neer relation” was published in the year of her death. The modest yellowbrick terraces that make up Perch, April, and Seal streets, were built by John Grover between 1881 to 1886.

 

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