Another in the series on historic secular buildings of London …
Newington Green was first recorded in 1480 as Newyngtongrene, referring to a village green near (Stoke) Newington. It is said that Henry VIII hunted hereabouts, and installed mistresses in a house here.
The green is the home of the oldest surviving brick-built terrace in London, dating to 1658.
In 1758, the non-conformist minister and radical moral philosopher Richard Price moved into one of the houses in the terrace, and began preaching at the nearby Newington Green Church (founded in 1708). The pioneering feminist Mary Wollstonecraft also had as association with the church.
Newington had become an important centre for Non-Conformism and Dissent after the passage of Clarendon’s “Five Mile Act” (“An Act for restraining Non-Conformists from inhabiting in Corporations”) in 1665.