Retreat Place, E9

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Local benefactor Samuel Robinson (1752 – 1833) built homes for “twelve widows of protestant dissenting ministers professing Calvinistic principles” in 1813, which were called Widows’ Retreat Almshouses or Robinson’s Retreat, at the junction of Mead Place, Hackney. When he died a tomb was erected outside the properties but this was removed to Abney Park Cemetery after the almshouses were knocked down in 1901.

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