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inner borough (1991 pop. 164,200) of Greater London, SE England, on the Lea River. Clothing manufacture (in Hackney) and printing and furniture making (in Shoreditch) are the borough's chief industries. London's first theater was built in Shoreditch (c.1575). The parish church of St. Mary, in Stoke Newington, is one of the few remaining Elizabethan churches. The writer Daniel DefoeDefoe or De Foe, Daniel
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 lived there. The London College of Furniture, the Shoreditch College for the Clothing Industry, and Cordwainer's Technical College are in the borough. Hackney Marshes, a large sports and recreation area intersected by the Lea, lies just outside the borough.


1. a compact breed of harness horse with a high-stepping trot
a. a coach or carriage that is for hire
b. (as modifier): a hackney carriage


a borough of NE Greater London: formed in 1965 from the former boroughs of Shoreditch, Stoke Newington, and Hackney; nearby are Hackney Marshes, the largest recreation ground in London. Pop.: 208 400 (2003 est.). Area: 19 sq. km (8 sq. miles)
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I'M disgusted that a bunch of bully-boy taxi drivers have decided that I, whose family have lived in this city for over 200 years, can not have a hackney licence should I so desire.
Well, not really - the number of hackneys increased like rabbits.
I don't see why buses and hackneys should be allowed to take revenue for advertising when we can't.
The local authority had previously allowed only 42 Hackneys to operate in the Merthyr area, none of which was adapted to suit disabled passengers, including wheel-chair users.
A spokesperson for the National Hackney Drivers' Association has indicated that if Aer Rianta contracted out the taxi service to hackneys it would not be a breach of the law, according to The Irish Times.
The Hackneys transplanted their business to the colonies in the 1700s, and have built a reputation that their progenitors would be proud of, although today a Hackney coach is more likely to carry cases of beer than human cargo.
Hackneys can use bus lanes, pick up off the street and they have ranks in the city centre.
A Blueline Taxis spokesman said: "Everyone knows the black Hackneys and tourists are always impressed by them.
He said: "The problem is hackneys are regarded differently here because they have been militant in the past.
If the council goes down the road of axing the limit of HC's not only will there be more hackneys but there will be more private hires until there will come a point where there will be so many cars that all legitimate drivers will be unable to earn a living.
The original truck was built in Montgomery, Pennsylvania, at a facility now owned by VT Hackney.
Hackney drivers are expected to try to block the application, which will be discussed by Sefton's licensing committee.