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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.
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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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If it was a hackney: What was the driver's badge number?
Many hackney cars claim to work for a private hire company and even give out private hire company receipt cards when asked for a receipt.
The reason,according to the local councils, is to discourage people from illegally flagging down private hire cabs by making sure they are less conspicuous than hackney carriages.
Hackney drivers are expected to try to block the application, which was due to be discussed at Sefton's licensing committee next Monday.
The board of Aer Rianta has empowered its chairman, Noel Hanlon, to deal with the taxi situation, which includes allowing him to call in hackney carriages.
Hackney & Sons, Inc.'s Rick Roll discusses the changing beverage body market, and Hackney's place in it
Hackney drivers are expected to try to block the application, which will be discussed by Sefton's licensing committee.
"And Hackneys which look like people carriers may encourage bogus drivers."
Private-hire drivers say they are forced to charge passengers more as they can only access the popular strip by one route, Guildhall Place, while Hackney cabs can use bus lanes.: FROM PAGE 12: Street change sparks up row betweenrival cabs:City centre traffic changes have heightened the gulf between city cabbies, the private-hire drivers claim.
Private hire and hackney taxis run on a tariff set by Cardiff council.