*Hackney. Unfashionable middle-class district in northeastern London; an unattractive place, with miles of unlovely brick houses, black iron railings, stony pavements, and gray slate-roofed buildings. Most houses have front gardens whose lawns are divided by pathways from their front gates to their hall doors. Near the end of Hackney Road is Victoria Park, 217 acres of open space fenced by wooden paling. It has plenty of open grass fields, trees, a lake for swimmers, flowerbeds, and a sandpit for children to play in. A bandstand, cricket pitches, and a gymnasium are also among the park’s attractions. The parsonage has a good view over the park from its front window.
Victoria Park is still an important open space in Hackney, with most of the features described by Shaw. Mare Street—the location of a public hall in which Morell is to speak on the evening in which the play takes place—is the left hand roadway at the park end of Hackney Road.
St. Dominic’s parsonage
St. Dominic’s parsonage. Hackney home of the Christian Socialist clergyman James Morell and his wife, Candida. Located only three minutes by horse-drawn Hansom cab from a train station, the parsonage is a semidetached building with a front garden and a flight of steps leading up from the path. The tradesmen’s entrance is down steps to the basement, which has a breakfast room in the front, used for all meals, as the formal...
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