A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Stalin in Hackney

Local trivia for my Hackney readers - the latest biog of Stalin reveals that the 5th Congress of the Russian Social-Democratic Workers Party took place in 1907....in the Brotherhood Church in De Beauvoir at the junction of Southgate Road/Balmes Road N1. ( now demolished ).

Lenin , Stalin and Trotsky were all in attendance , having arrived by train at Liverpool Street Station a few days earlier.


Anonymous Clause IV - for Labour and Youth said...

I think you should ask for a memorial to be put up to the many millions these three murdered (many of them socialists, all of them fellow human beings) - not only would it mightily p*** off all the nutters, it would serve as a reminder to all those who continue to peddle trite answers to the complexities of the real world.

9:26 am, May 22, 2007

Blogger Chris Paul said...

But what would Luke and his running dog lackeys of world capital do with the cluster of betting shops, the bingo hall and the mini casino huddled on this famous site, the new opium of the people, from back when Stalin was a nice clean-shaven boy next door.

11:38 am, May 22, 2007

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

Actually Hackney Council has a "no casinos" policy.

You can blame our local magistrates for any betting shops - we keep opposing them but the magistrates keep licensing them.

11:53 am, May 22, 2007

Anonymous duncan said...

I originally read this as 'the latest blog of Stalin'!

4:20 pm, May 22, 2007

Anonymous anyone but harman said...


I read it as Gordon Brown had been for a visit....

6:55 pm, May 22, 2007

Blogger Quink said...

Have you come across any pics of the church? I daresay any of the meeting will have been airbrushed...

Seriously, though, I'd be interested to see what the place looked like.

7:02 pm, May 22, 2007

Anonymous Islington Labour said...

and Lenin used to speak at public meetings in the Red Lion theatre pub in Angel...

3:40 pm, May 31, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quink, there's a film of an 'anti-pacifist riot' taking place at the Church in 1917 here http://www.screenonline.org.uk/film/id/583515/index.html with a snapshot of the Church. I've been trying to find more images and Luke's just provided me with the exact location - thanks! I live on Southgate Rd and it's fascinating (not to say plain odd) to think of Stalin, Lenin and Trotsky lurking round here. The Evening Standard published a contemporary Mirror picture of the 'revolutionists' hiding their faces as they entered the church alongside an article outlining the Stalin biog.

1:54 pm, June 02, 2007

Blogger doojeen said...

Another photo of the Brotherhood Church - being demolished in 1934:


I used to live on Southgate Road myself and share Anon's fascination with this amazing fact.

A programme shown on BBC 4 a few weeks ago on historic relations between Russia and the UK mentioned the 1907 meeting and included a shot of the presenter, Stella Rimington, standing at the gateway to Rosemary Gardens, a photo of the church (which doesn't seem to be on Google Images) and the Mirror report on the meeting.

8:22 pm, December 10, 2007

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