Named after Christopher Urswick (1448 – 1522), Rector of the Parish of Hackney from 1502 to 1522. On taking the posting he ordered the medieval parish church to be rebuilt and he also built a new parish house (Urswick House, now demolished), where he lived for a time. He is said to have negotiated the marriage between the victor of Bosworth, Henry VII, and Elizabeth of York, uniting the two opposing houses of the Wars of the Roses. Among his other legacies was founding the Urswick School, which later became the Hackney Free and Parochial School in Hackney Central.
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