Richmond Avenue, N1

Road in/near Islington

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2017

Richmond Avenue is a road in the NW2 postcode area





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Lena    
Added: 18 Mar 2021 13:08 GMT   

White Conduit Street, N1
My mum, Rosina Wade of the Wade and Hannam family in the area of Chapel Street and Parkfield Street, bought her first “costume” at S Cohen’s in White Conduit Street. Would have probably been about 1936 or thereabouts. She said that he was a small man but an expert tailor. I hope that Islington Council preserve the shop front as it’s a piece of history of the area. Mum used to get her high heel shoes from an Italian shoe shop in Chapel Street. She had size 2 feet and they would let her know when a new consignment of size 2 shoes were in. I think she was a very good customer. She worked at Killingbacks artificial flower maker in Northampton Square and later at the Halifax bombers factory north of Edgware where she was a riveter.

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Carol   
Added: 7 May 2021 18:44 GMT   

Nan
My nan lily,her sister Elizabeth and their parents Elizabeth and William lived here in1911

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Jeff Owen   
Added: 20 Mar 2021 16:18 GMT   

Owen’s School
Owen Street is the site of Owen’s Boys’ School. The last school was built in 1881 and was demolished in the early 1990s to make way for the development which stand there today. It was a “Direct Grant” grammar school and was founded in 1613 by Dame Alice Owen. What is now “Owen’s Fields” was the playground between the old school and the new girls’ school (known then as “Dames Alice Owen’s School” or simply “DAOS”). The boys’ school had the top two floors of that building for their science labs. The school moved to Potters Bar in Hertfordshire in 1971 and is now one of the top State comprehensive schools in the country. The old building remained in use as an accountancy college and taxi-drivers’ “knowledge” school until it was demolished. The new building is now part of City and Islington College. Owen’s was a fine school. I should know because I attended there from 1961 to 1968.

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Reg Carr   
Added: 10 Feb 2021 12:11 GMT   

Campbellite Meeting
In 1848 the Campbellites (Disciples of Christ) met in Elstree Street, where their congregation was presided over by a pastor named John Black. Their appointed evangelist at the time was called David King, who later became the Editor of the British Millennial Harbinger. The meeting room was visited in July 1848 by Dr John Thomas, who spoke there twice on his two-year ’mission’ to Britain.

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Vanessa Whitehouse   
Added: 17 Feb 2021 22:48 GMT   

Born here
My dad 1929 John George Hall

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Ron Shepherd   
Added: 18 Sep 2021 17:28 GMT   

More Wisdom
Norman Joseph Wisdom was born in St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, West London.

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Jonathan Penner   
Added: 11 Sep 2021 16:03 GMT   

Pennard Road, W12
My wife and I, young Canadians, lodged at 65 (?) Pennard Road with a fellow named Clive and his girlfriend, Melanie, for about 6 months in 1985. We loved the area and found it extremely convenient.

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Added: 1 Sep 2021 16:58 GMT   

Prefabs!
The "post-war detached houses" mentioned in the description were "prefabs" - self-contained single-storey pre-fabricated dwellings. Demolition of houses on the part that became Senegal Fields was complete by 1964 or 1965.

Source: Prefabs in the United Kingdom - Wikipedia

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Matthew Moggridge ([email protected])   
Added: 1 Sep 2021 10:38 GMT   

Lord Chatham’s Ride (does it even exist?)
Just to say that I cycled from my home in Sanderstead to Knockholt Pound at the weekend hoping to ride Lord Chatham’s Ride, but could I find it? No. I rode up Chevening Lane, just past the Three Horseshoes pub and when I reached the end of the road there was a gate and a sign reading "Private, No Entry". I assumed this was the back entrance to Chevening House, country retreat of the Foreign Secretary, and that Lord Chatham’s Ride was inside the grounds. At least that’s what I’m assuming as I ended up following a footpath that led me into some woods with loads of rooted pathways, all very annoying. Does Lord Chatham’s Ride exist and if so, can I ride it, or is it within the grounds of Chevening House and, therefore, out of bounds? Here’s an account of my weekend ride with images, see URL below.

Source: No Visible Lycra: Lord Chatham’s ride: a big disappointmen

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norma brown   
Added: 20 Aug 2021 21:12 GMT   

my grandparents lived there as well as 2 further generations
my home

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Ruth   
Added: 6 Aug 2021 13:31 GMT   

Cheltenham Road, SE15
Harris Girls’ Academy, in Homestall Road, just off Cheltenham Road, was formerly Waverley School. Before that it was built as Honor Oak Girls’ Grammar School. It was also the South London Emergency School during WW2,taking girls from various schools in the vicinity, including those returning from being evacuated.

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Jude Allen   
Added: 29 Jul 2021 07:53 GMT   

Bra top
I jave a jewelled item of clothong worn by a revie girl.
It is red with diamante straps. Inside it jas a label Bermans Revue 16 Orange Street but I cannot find any info online about the revue only that 16 Orange Street used to be a theatre. Does any one know about the revue. I would be intesrested to imagine the wearer of the article and her London life.

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Kathleen   
Added: 28 Jul 2021 09:12 GMT   

Dunloe Avenue, N17
I was born in 1951,my grandparents lived at 5 Dunloe Avenue.I had photos of the coronation decorations in the area for 1953.The houses were rented out by Rowleys,their ’workers yard’ was at the top of Dunloe Avenue.The house was fairly big 3 bedroom with bath and toilet upstairs,and kitchenette downstairs -a fairly big garden.My Grandmother died 1980 and the house was taken back to be rented again

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Albion Mews, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Aztec Row, N1 Aztec Row is part of Berners Street, Islington.
Barford Street, N1 Barford Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Barnsbury Road, N1 Barnsbury Road is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Barnsbury Square, N1 Barnsbury Square is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Barnsbury Street, N1 Barnsbury Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Barnsbury Terrace, N1 Barnsbury Terrace is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Batchelor Street, N1 Batchelor Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Bemerton Street, N1 Bemerton Street is a street of terraced houses to the west of the Caledonian Road.
Berners House, N1 Residential block
Berners Road, N1 Berners Road is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Bewdley Street, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Bingfield Street, N1 Bingfield Street marks the southern boundary of the Bemerton Estate.
Boadicea Street, N1 Boadicea Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Boxworth Grove, N1 Boxworth Grove is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Bramwell Mews, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Brayfield Terrace, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Bridge Wharf, N1 Bridge Wharf is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Bridgeman Road, N1 Bridgeman Road is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Bromfield Street, N1 Bromfield Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Brooksby Mews, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Brooksby Street, N1 Brooksby Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Bryan Street, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Business Design Centre, N1 The Business Design Centre is a Grade II listed building located between Upper Street and Liverpool Road
Caledonian Road, N1 Caledonian Road runs north from King’s Cross.
Carnegie Street, N1 Carnegie Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Carnoustie Drive, N1 Carnoustie Drive is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Charles Street, N1 Charles Street in Islington disappeared under the Hilton hotel.
Charlotte Terrace, N1 Charlotte Terrace is a road in the N1 postcode area
Cloudesley Place, N1 Cloudesley Place is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Cloudesley Road, N1 Cloudesley Road is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Cloudesley Square, N1 Cloudesley Square is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Cloudesley Street, N1 Cloudesley Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Coatbridge House, N1 Residential block
College Cross, N1 College Cross is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Coopers Yard, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
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Cowdenbeath Path, N1 Cowdenbeath Path is a walkway on the Bemerton Estate.
Crescent Street, N1 Crescent Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Denmark Grove, N1 Denmark Grove is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Dignum Street, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Doves Yard, N1 Doves Yard is a road in the N1 postcode area
Dowrey Street, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Earlsferry Way, N1 Earlsferry Way is a road in the N1 postcode area
Edward Square, N1 Edward Square is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Elystan Walk, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Evelyn Dennington Court, N1 Evelyn Dennington Court is a block in Islington.
Everilda Street, N1 Everilda Street is a road in the N1 postcode area
Ewen House, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Ferriby Close, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Fisher House, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Francis Walk, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Freeling Street, N1 Freeling Street is a road in the N1 postcode area
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Gissing Walk, N1 Gissing Walk is a road in the N1 postcode area
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Huntingdon Street, N1 Huntingdon Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Jays Street, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Jocelin House, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
John’s Place, N1 John’s Place lead through an archway to Charles Street.
Julius Nyerere Close, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Kember Street, N1 Kember Street runs west from Caledonian Road.
Kinross House, N1 Residential block
Lambert Street, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Leirum Street, N1 Leirum Street is a road in the N1 postcode area
Lionswood, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Liverpool Road, N1 Liverpool Road is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Lofting Road, N1 Lofting Road is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Lonsdale Place, N1 Lonsdale Place is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Lonsdale Square, N1 Lonsdale Square was built between 1838 and 1845, and was designed in Gothic Revival style by R. C. Carpenter.
Lyon Street, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Malvern Terrace, N1 Malvern Terrace is a road in the N1 postcode area
Matilda Street, N1 Matilda Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Milner Place, N1 Milner Place is a road in the N1 postcode area
Milner Square, N1 Thomas Milner (1806-84) was a politician and a friend of Benjamin Disraeli and Charles Dickens
Mitchell House, N1 Residential block
Moon Street, N1 Moon Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Morland Mews, N1 Morland Mews is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Mountfort Crescent, N1 Mountfort Crescent is a road in the N1 postcode area
Mountfort House, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Mountfort Terrace, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Muriel Street, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Napier Terrace, N1 Napier Terrace is a road in the N1 postcode area
Naver House, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
North West Road, N1 North West Road is a road in the E9 postcode area
Old Royal Free Place, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Old Royal Free Square, N1 Old Royal Free Square is a road in the N1 postcode area
Orkney House, N1 Residential block
Perth House, N1 Perth House is a ten-storey block.
Prince’s Yard, N1 Prince’s Yard is a road in the N1 postcode area
Pultney Street, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Purley Place, N1 Purley Place is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Regent’s Canal towpath, N1 Regent’s Canal towpath is a road in the N1 postcode area
Regents Wharf, N1 Regents Wharf is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Richmond Avenue, N1 Richmond Avenue is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Richmond Crescent, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Ripplevale Grove, N1 Ripplevale Grove is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Ritson House, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Roding House, N1 Residential block
Selkirk House, N1 Selkirk House is the twin building of Perth House.
Sheen Grove, N1 Sheen Grove is a road in the N1 postcode area
Shelley Place, N1 Shelley Place is a location in London.
Southwood Smith Street, N1 Southwood Smith Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
St Albans Place, N1 St Albans Place was home to a famous Islington strong man.
Stanmore Street, N1 Stanmore Street runs west from Caledonian Road.
Stonefield Street, N1 Stonefield Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Story Street, N1 Story Street is a road in the N1 postcode area
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Theberton Street, N1 Theberton Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
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Thornhill Square, N1 Thornhill Square is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Tilloch Street, N1 Tilloch Street predates the Bemerton Estate of which it is now part.
Treaty Street, N1 Treaty Street was called London Street until 1938.
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White Horse Yard, N1 A street within the N1 postcode

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Marathon Restaurant This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Meltdown This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
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Steam Passage This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Albion This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Angelic This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Crown This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Drapers Arms This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Hop and Berry This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Regent This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.


Islington

Islington grew as a sprawling Middlesex village along the line of the Great North Road, and has provided the name of the modern borough.

Some roads on the edge of the area, including Essex Road, were known as streets by the medieval period, possibly indicating a Roman origin, but little physical evidence remains. What is known is that the Great North Road from Aldersgate came into use in the 14th century, connecting with a new turnpike up Highgate Hill. This was along the line of modern Upper Street, with a toll gate at The Angel defining the extent of the village. The Back Road - modern Liverpool Road - was primarily a drovers’ road where cattle would be rested before the final leg of their journey to Smithfield. Pens and sheds were erected along this road to accommodate the animals.

The first recorded church, St Mary’s, was erected in the twelfth century and was replaced in the fifteenth century. Islington lay on the estates of the Bishop of London and the Dean and Chapter of St Pauls. There were substantial medieval moated manor houses in the area, principally at Canonbury and Highbury. In 1548, there were 440 communicants listed and the rural atmosphere, with access to the City and Westminster, made it a popular residence for the rich and eminent. The local inns, however, harboured many fugitives and recusants.

In the 17th and 18th centuries the availability of water made Islington a good place for growing vegetables to feed London. The manor became a popular excursion destination for Londoners, attracted to the area by its rural feel. Many public houses were therefore built to serve the needs of both the excursionists and travellers on the turnpike. By 1716, there were 56 ale-house keepers in Upper Street, also offering pleasure and tea gardens, and activities such as archery, skittle alleys and bowling. By the 18th century, music and dancing were offered, together with billiards, firework displays and balloon ascents. The King’s Head Tavern, now a Victorian building with a theatre, has remained on the same site, opposite the parish church, since 1543. The founder of the theatre, Dan Crawford, who died in 2005, disagreed with the introduction of decimal coinage. For twenty-plus years after decimalisation (on 15 February 1971), the bar continued to show prices and charge for drinks in ’old money’.

By the 19th century many music halls and theatres were established around Islington Green. One such was Collins’ Music Hall, the remains of which are now partly incorporated into a bookshop. The remainder of the Hall has been redeveloped into a new theatre, with its entrance at the bottom of Essex Road. It stood on the site of the Landsdowne Tavern, where the landlord had built an entertainment room for customers who wanted to sing (and later for professional entertainers). It was founded in 1862 by Samuel Thomas Collins Vagg and by 1897 had become a 1800-seat theatre with 10 bars. The theatre suffered damage in a fire in 1958 and has not reopened.

The Islington Literary and Scientific Society was established in 1833 and first met in Mr Edgeworth’s Academy on Upper Street. Its goal was to spread knowledge through lectures, discussions, and experiments - politics and theology being forbidden. A building, the Literary and Scientific Institution, was erected in 1837 in Wellington (later Almeida) Street, designed by Roumieu and Gough in a stuccoed Grecian style. It included a library (containing 3,300 volumes in 1839), reading room, museum, laboratory, and lecture theatre seating 500.

The Royal Agricultural Hall was built in 1862 on the Liverpool Road site of William Dixon’s Cattle Layers. It was built for the annual Smithfield Show in December of that year but was popular for other purposes, including recitals and the Royal Tournament. It was the primary exhibition site for London until the 20th century and the largest building of its kind, holding up to 50,000 people. It was requisitioned for use by the Mount Pleasant sorting office during World War II and never re-opened. The main hall has now been incorporated into the Business Design Centre.

The aerial bombing of World War II caused much damage to Islington’s housing stock, with 3,200 dwellings destroyed. Before the war a number of 1930s council housing blocks had been added to the stock. After the war, partly as a result of bomb site redevelopment, the council housing boom got into its stride, reaching its peak in the 1960s: several extensive estates were constructed, by both the Metropolitan Borough of Islington and the London County Council. Clearance of the worst terraced housing was undertaken, but Islington continued to be very densely populated, with a high level of overcrowding. The district has many council blocks, and the local authority has begun to replace some of them.

From the 1960s, the remaining Georgian terraces were rediscovered by middle-class families. Many of the houses were rehabilitated, and the area became newly fashionable. This displacement of the poor by the aspirational has become known as gentrification. Among the new residents were a number of figures who became central in the New Labour movement, including Tony Blair before his victory in the 1997 general election. According to The Guardian in 2006, "Islington is widely regarded as the spiritual home of Britain’s left-wing intelligentsia." The Granita Pact between Gordon Brown and Tony Blair is said to have been made at a now defunct restaurant on Upper Street.

The completion of the Victoria line and redevelopment of Angel tube station created the conditions for developers to renovate many of the early Victorian and Georgian townhouses. They also built new developments. Islington remains a district with diverse inhabitants, with its private houses and apartments not far from social housing in immediately neighbouring wards such as Finsbury and Clerkenwell to the south, Bloomsbury and King’s Cross to the west, and Highbury to the north west, and also the Hackney districts of De Beauvoir and Old Street to the north east.


LOCAL PHOTOS
Highbury Corner
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The Angel, Islington (c.1890)
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Percy Circus from above
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In the neighbourhood...

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The third Grand Theatre, Islington (1903). This was built on the site of the former Philharmonic Hall and two previous Grand Theatres
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A line of children hold hands as they walk along the middle of White Conduit Street towards the junction with Chapel Market in Islington.
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The Grand Theatre, Islington High Street (1903)
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White Conduit House, and the conduit head from which it was named, 1827
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The Royal Agricultural Hall, Islington (1861). View from Liverpool Road.
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Caledonian Road looking north towards Holloway
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Caledonian Road. The market clock tower remained after the Metropolitan Cattle Market disappeared.
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Risinghill Street, N1
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Photographer John Gay captured this image of a line of children holding hands as they walk along the middle of White Conduit Street towards the junction with Chapel Market in Islington in the 1950s.
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The former Pentonville Cottages awaiting demolition
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