Manor House, Hackney


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Venue Type & Location


Site Name: Manor House, Hackney
Location: London
County: London (city-county)
Location Type: Town - in town at determined location


  • Address: Venues on this site have had addresses on Church Street, Mare Street and Kenmure Road. The exact address is unknown. For a current map,
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  • Alternate Names: Assembly Room, Mare Street; Manor Assembly Rooms & Club; Tee-To-Tum Club, Manor Rooms. (A later theatre on the site was called the Manor Theatre).

  • Performance Space Description: Manor House seems to have been a room in/attached to/nearby the residence of J. R. Daniel-Tyssen. (see the link at right for an image of this building).

  • For a listing of blackface/minstrelsy-related events that took place in this performance space (with attached bibliographic references), follow the links at right.

  • Performance History

  • Thus far, little information about Manor House has been found. In A History of the County of Middlesex (Vol. 10), however, T.F.T. Baker does offer the following elliptical comments that begin to sketch in the venue’s history: A tavern called “[t]he Mermaid made way c. 1840 for J. R. Daniel-Tyssen's Manor House, which by the 1890s had been divided into shops, nos. 378 and 378A Mare Street. […] The Mermaid's licences for music and dancing were granted from 1849 to J. R. Daniel-Tyssen for the assembly rooms, which survived north of the gardens and behind Tyssen's Manor House and which came to be called the Manor rooms. Approached by a covered way from Mare Street, they continued to be licensed after Tyssen's departure in 1858 and were used by Hackney Literary and Scientific institution c. 1870. As the Old Manor assembly rooms, they were for sale in 1877, when they included a large concert hall and overlooked a skating rink on most of the remaining land to the south. They had been demolished by 1894 and were partly replaced by the Manor theatre (later the Manor feature film theatre)” (reproduced at British History Online).

    Please see the 'Bibliographic Sources' link at right for a complete listing of materials (both primary and secondary) from which the above information was compiled.

    Beth Marquis

  • Troupes at Manor House, Hackney

    Troupe Troupe Type # of events
    Ethiopian Serenaders (1846-48) Minstrel 1

    Events at Manor House, Hackney

    Event Date Venue Location Troupe
    Minstrel Show 7 May 1847 - 7 May 1847 London, London (city-county) Ethiopian Serenaders (1846-48)

    Bibliographic Sources

    • Baker, T.F.T. (ed.). A History of the County of Middlesex. Vol. 10: Hackney. Reproduced at British History Online.. 03/23/2008 (

      See especially Chapter 22.

    • Howard, Diana. London Theatres and Music Halls 1850-1950. London: The Library Association, 1970.