St. Mary’s Path, N1

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August
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St. Mary’s Path is a road in the N1 postcode area





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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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Bernard Miller   
Added: 12 Apr 2022 17:36 GMT   

My mother and her sister were born at 9 Windsor Terrace
My mother, Millie Haring (later Miller) and her sister Yetta Haring (later Freedman) were born here in 1922 and 1923. With their parents and older brother and sister, they lived in two rooms until they moved to Stoke Newington in 1929. She always said there were six rooms, six families, a shared sink on the first floor landing and a toilet in the backyard.

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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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Barry J. Page   
Added: 27 Jul 2022 19:41 GMT   

Highbury Corner V1 Explosion
Grandma described the V1 explosion at Highbury Corner on many occasions. She was working in the scullery when the flying bomb landed. The blast shattered all the windows in the block of flats and blew off the bolt on her front door. As she looked out the front room window, people in various states of injury and shock were making their way along Highbury Station Road. One man in particular, who was bleeding profusely from glass shard wounds to his neck, insisted in getting home to see if his family was all right. Others were less fortunate. Len, the local newsagent, comforted a man, who had lost both legs caused by the blast, until the victim succumbed to his injuries. The entire area was ravaged and following are statistics. The flying bomb landed during lunch hour (12:46 p.m.) on June 27th 1944. 26 people lost their lives, 84 were seriously injured and 71 slightly injured.

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Steven Shepherd   
Added: 4 Feb 2021 14:20 GMT   

Our House
I and my three brothers were born at 178 Pitfield Street. All of my Mothers Family (ADAMS) Lived in the area. There was an area behind the house where the Hoxton Stall holders would keep the barrows. The house was classed as a slum but was a large house with a basement. The basement had 2 rooms that must have been unchanged for many years it contained a ’copper’ used to boil and clean clothes and bedlinen and a large ’range’ a cast iron coal/log fired oven. Coal was delivered through a ’coal hole’ in the street which dropped through to the basement. The front of the house used to be a shop but unused while we lived there. I have many more happy memories of the house too many to put here.

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Mike   
Added: 28 Feb 2023 18:09 GMT   

6 Elia Street
When I was young I lived in 6 Elia Street. At the end of the garden there was a garage owned by Initial Laundries which ran from an access in Quick Street all the way up to the back of our garden. The fire exit to the garage was a window leading into our garden. 6 Elia Street was owned by Initial Laundry.

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Comment
   
Added: 21 Apr 2021 16:21 GMT   

Liverpool Street
the Bishopsgate station has existed since 1840 as a passenger station, but does not appear in the site’s cartography. Evidently, the 1860 map is in fact much earlier than that date.

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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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Jack Wilson   
Added: 21 Jun 2022 21:40 GMT   

Penfold Printers
I am seeking the location of Penfold Printers Offices in Dt Albans place - probably about 1870 or so

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Erin   
Added: 2 May 2022 01:33 GMT   

Windsor Terrace, N1
hello

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CydKB   
Added: 31 Mar 2023 15:07 GMT   

BlackJack Playground
Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance was my favourite childhood park.I went to St Mary’s Catholic school, East Row from Nursery all the way through to Year 6 before Secondary School and I was taken here to play most days. There was a centre piece flower bed in the Voysey Garden surrounded by a pond which my classmates and I used to jump over when no one was looking. The Black jack playground was the go to playground for our sports days and my every day shortcut to get close to the half penny steps foot bridge via Kensal Road. There was also a shop where we could buy ice lollies on hot summer days.The Southern Row side of the Park was filled with pebbles which used to be so fun to walk through as a child, I used to walk through the deepness of the pebbles to get to Bosworth Road or east towards Hornimans Adventure Park.

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John   
Added: 29 Mar 2023 17:31 GMT   

Auction of the paper stock of Janssen and Roberts
A broadside advertisement reads: "By auction, to be sold on Thursday next being the 16th of this present July, the remainder of the stock in partnership between Janssen and Roberts, at their late dwelling-house in Dean’s Court, the south side of St. Pauls, consisting of Genoa papers according to the particulars underneath." The date in the ESTC record is purely speculative; July 16th was a Thursday in many years during the 18th century; 1750 is only one possibility. Extensive searching has found no other record of the partners or the auction.


Source: ESTC - Search Results

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Born here
   
Added: 27 Mar 2023 18:28 GMT   

Nower Hill, HA5
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Comment
   
Added: 26 Mar 2023 14:50 GMT   

Albert Mews
It is not a gargoyle over the entrance arch to Albert Mews, it is a likeness of Prince Albert himself.

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Christine D Elliott   
Added: 20 Mar 2023 15:52 GMT   

The Blute Family
My grandparents, Frederick William Blute & Alice Elizabeth Blute nee: Warnham lived at 89 Blockhouse Street Deptford from around 1917.They had six children. 1. Alice Maragret Blute (my mother) 2. Frederick William Blute 3. Charles Adrian Blute 4. Violet Lillian Blute 5. Donald Blute 6. Stanley Vincent Blute (Lived 15 months). I lived there with my family from 1954 (Birth) until 1965 when we were re-housed for regeneration to the area.
I attended Ilderton Road School.
Very happy memories of that time.

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Pearl Foster   
Added: 20 Mar 2023 12:22 GMT   

Dukes Place, EC3A
Until his death in 1767, Daniel Nunes de Lara worked from his home in Dukes Street as a Pastry Cook. It was not until much later the street was renamed Dukes Place. Daniel and his family attended the nearby Bevis Marks synagogue for Sephardic Jews. The Ashkenazi Great Synagogue was established in Duke Street, which meant Daniel’s business perfectly situated for his occupation as it allowed him to cater for both congregations.

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Dr Paul Flewers   
Added: 9 Mar 2023 18:12 GMT   

Some Brief Notes on Hawthorne Close / Hawthorne Street
My great-grandparents lived in the last house on the south side of Hawthorne Street, no 13, and my grandmother Alice Knopp and her brothers and sisters grew up there. Alice Knopp married Charles Flewers, from nearby Hayling Road, and moved to Richmond, Surrey, where I was born. Leonard Knopp married Esther Gutenberg and lived there until the street was demolished in the mid-1960s, moving on to Tottenham. Uncle Len worked in the fur trade, then ran a pet shop in, I think, the Kingsland Road.

From the back garden, one could see the almshouses in the Balls Pond Road. There was an ink factory at the end of the street, which I recall as rather malodorous.

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KJH   
Added: 7 Mar 2023 17:14 GMT   

Andover Road, N7 (1939 - 1957)
My aunt, Doris nee Curtis (aka Jo) and her husband John Hawkins (aka Jack) ran a small general stores at 92 Andover Road (N7). I have found details in the 1939 register but don’t know how long before that it was opened.He died in 1957. In the 1939 register he is noted as being an ARP warden for Islington warden

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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Collins’ Music Hall Collins’ Music Hall was a notable Islington venue.
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.

NEARBY STREETS
Adstock House, N1 Adstock House is a block on The Sutton Estate.
Albion Mews, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Allingham Mews, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Allingham Street, N1 Allingham Street is a road in the N1 postcode area
Almeida Street, N1 Almeida Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Amey Hill House, N1 Amey Hill House is a building on Barnsbury Street.
Anderson Square, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Ann Street, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Arundel House, N1 Arundel House is a block on Halton Road.
Aztec Row, N1 Aztec Row is part of Berners Street, Islington.
Bampton House, N1 Bampton House is a block on Pleasant Place.
Barford Street, N1 Barford Street 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.
Barnston Walk, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Bassingbourne House, N1 Bassingbourne House is located on College Cross.
Batchelor Street, N1 Batchelor Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Battishill Street, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Bentham Court, N1 Bentham Court is located on Essex Road.
Berners Road, N1 Berners Road is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Bevan Street, N1 Bevan Street is a road in the N1 postcode area
Birdbrook House, N1 Birdbrook House can be found on Maldon Close.
Bishop Street, N1 Bishop Street is a road in the N1 postcode area
Bouton Court, N1 Bouton Court is a block on Bouton Place.
Bouton Place, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Braes Street, N1 Braes Street is a road in the N1 postcode area
Brampton House, N1 Residential block
Bridel Mews, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Britannia Row, N1 Britannia Row 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 Street, N1 Brooksby Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Business Design Centre, N1 The Business Design Centre is a Grade II listed building located between Upper Street and Liverpool Road
Cadmore House, N1 Cadmore House is a block on The Sutton Estate.
Camden Passage, N1 Camden Passage was built as Cumberland Row in 1767.
Camden Street, N1 Camden Street once laid at the northern end of Camden Passage.
Camden Walk, N1 Camden Walk is one of the streets of the N1 postal area.
Canalside Square, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Canon Street, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Canonbury Villas, N1 Canonbury Villas is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Cara House, N1 Cara House is a block on Brooksby Street.
Carleton House, N1 Carleton House is a block on Cross Street.
Catton House, N1 Catton House is a block on Pleasant Place.
Chantry Street, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Charlton Place, N1 Charlton Place runs east from Upper Street.
Chelsea Court, N1 Chelsea Court is located on Melville Place.
City View Apartments, N1 City View Apartments is a block on Essex Road.
Cloudesley Place, N1 Cloudesley Place 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.
Colebrook Row, N1 Colebrooke Row is a street of late 18th and early 19th century terraced houses.
Colebrooke Place, N1 Colebrooke Place is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Coleman Fields, N1 Coleman Fields is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Collins Yard, N1 Collins Yard is so-named as it ran alongside the Collins’ Music Hall giving access to the rear of the hall.
Copford Walk, N1 Copford Walk is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Cross Street, N1 Cross Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Cruden Street, N1 Cruden Street is a road in the N1 postcode area
Dagmar Passage, N1 Dagmar Passage is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Dagmar Terrace, N1 Dagmar Terrace is a road in the N1 postcode area
Dame Street, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Datchworth House, N1 Datchworth House is sited on Unnamed Road.
Dawlish House, N1 Dawlish House is a block on Pleasant Place.
Dengie Walk, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Devon House, N1 Devon House is a block on Upper Street.
Devonia Road, N1 Devonia Road is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Devonshire House, N1 Devonshire House can be found on Cross Street.
Dibden Street, N1 Dibden Street is a road in the N1 postcode 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
Draper Place, N1 Draper Place is a road in the N1 postcode area
Elder Walk, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Eric Fletcher Court Road, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Essex Road, N1 Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, had a country house here in the sixteenth century where he often entertained Queen Elizabeth I.
Esther Anne Place, N1 Esther Anne Place is a location in London.
Etal House, N1 Etal House is a block on The Sutton Estate.
Fairstead Walk, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Finnemore House, N1 Finnemore House is sited on Britannia Row.
Flitton House, N1 Flitton House is a block on The Sutton Estate.
Florence Court, N1 Florence Court is a block on Florence Street.
Florence Street, N1 Florence Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Fowler Road, N1 Fowler Road is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Frome Street, N1 Frome Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Garston House, N1 Garston House is a block on The Sutton Estate.
Gaskin Street, N1 Gaskin Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Gibson Square, N1 Gibson Square is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Gissing Walk, N1 Gissing Walk is a road in the N1 postcode area
Gough House, N1 Gough House is a block on Essex Road.
Grantbridge Street, N1 Grantbridge Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Greenman Street, N1 Greenman Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Halton Cross Street, N1 Halton Cross Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Halton Road, N1 Halton Road is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Hanbury Mews, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Hanbury Mews, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Haslam House, N1 Haslam House is located on Canonbury Road.
Haven Mews, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Hawes Street, N1 Hawes Street is a road in the N1 postcode area
Hawkwell Walk, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Hedingham Close, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Hermitage House, N1 Hermitage House is a block on Gerrard Road.
Holden House, N1 Holden House is a block on Popham Road.
Holland Passage, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Horse Yard, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Horsfield House, N1 Horsfield House is located on Northampton Street.
Inwood House, N1 Inwood House is located on Elliott’s Place.
Island Apartments, N1 Island Apartments is a block on Prebend Street.
Isleden House, N1 Isleden House is a block on Prebend Street.
Islington Green, N1 Islington Green is both a small green and a series of roads which surround it.
John’s Place, N1 John’s Place lead through an archway to Charles Street.
Lambs Mews, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Laundry Lane, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Lincoln House, N1 Lincoln House is a block on Astey’s Row.
Liverpool Road, N1 Liverpool Road is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Lofting House, N1 Lofting House is a block on Lofting Road.
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.
Mandeville Houses, N1 Mandeville Houses, fronting Mantell Street and Liverpool Road was the earliest housing scheme built by Finsbury Borough Council.
Mantell Street, N1 Mantell Street, originally Sermon Lane, is now part of Tolpuddle Street.
Mary Street, N1 Mary Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Maryland Walk, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Melville Place, N1 Melville Place is a road in the N1 postcode 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
Moon Street, N1 Moon Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Moore Court, N1 Moore Court is a block on Andersons Square.
Morland Mews, N1 Morland Mews is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Morris Building, N1 Morris Building is a block on Richmond Grove.
Napier Terrace, N1 Napier Terrace is a road in the N1 postcode area
New Bentham Court, N1 New Bentham Court is a block on Unnamed Road.
Newbery House, N1 Newbery House is a block on Northampton Street.
Newstead House, N1 Newstead House is sited on Liverpool Road.
Noble Yard, N1 Noble Yard is a yard lying off Charlton Place.
Northampton Street, N1 Northampton Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Novello Court, N1 Novello Court is a block on Dibden Street.
Old Royal Free Place, N1 Old Royal Free Place was the entrance to an old hospital.
Old Royal Free Square, N1 Old Royal Free Square is a road in the N1 postcode area
Olive Court, N1 Olive Court is a block on Liverpool Road.
Packington Square, N1 Packington Square is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Packington Street, N1 Packington Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Palmerston House, N1 Palmerston House is a block on St Paul Street.
Parkfield Street, N1 Parkfield Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Peabody Square, N1 Peabody Square is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Peabody Yard, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Peldon Walk, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Peter’s Street Mews, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Pied Bull Yard, N1 Pied Bull Yard is a small Islington turning.
Pierrepoint Arcade, N1 Pierrepoint Arcade is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Pierrepoint Row, N1 Pierrepoint Row is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Pierrepont Arcade, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Pierrepont Row, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Pleasant Place, N1 Pleasant Place is a road in the N1 postcode area
Popham Road, N1 Popham Road is a street in London
Popham Street, N1 Popham Street is a road in the N1 postcode area
Prebend Street, N1 Prebend Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Premier House, N1 Premier House is a block on Waterloo Terrace.
Price House, N1 Price House is located on Britannia Row.
Providence Court, N1 Providence Court is a block on Upper Street.
Providence Place, N1P Providence Place lies beside the Screen On The Green.
Pugin Court, N1 Pugin Court is a block on Liverpool Road.
Queens Head Street, N1 Queens Head Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Raleigh Mews, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Raleigh Street, N1 Raleigh Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Rector Street, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Regent House, N1 Regent House is a block on Florence Street.
Rheidol Mews, N1 Rheidol Mews is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Rheidol Terrace, N1 Rheidol Terrace is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Richmond Court, N1 Richmond Court is sited on Melville Place.
Richmond Grove, N1 Richmond Grove is a road in the N1 postcode area
Ridgewell Close, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Ritchie Street, N1 Ritchie Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
River Place Health Centre, N1 River Place Health Centre is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
River Place, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Rodin Court, N1 Rodin Court is a block on Essex Road.
Sebbon Street, N1 Sebbon Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Shalford Court, N1 Shalford Court is a block on Shalford Court.
Shelley Place, N1 Shelley Place is a location in London.
Shillingford Street, N1 Shillingford Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Shrubbery Close, N1 Shrubbery Close is a road in the N1 postcode area
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.
St Paul Street, N1 St Paul Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
St Peters Church Court, N1 St Peters Church Court can be found on Devonia Road.
St Peter’s Street, N1 Saint Peter’s Street runs between Essex Road and the Regent’s Canal.
St. Peter’s Street, N1 Willow Walk is a small Islington side street.
Steeple Walk, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Stonefield Street, N1 Stonefield Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Strang House, N1 Strang House is a block on Britannia Row.
Studd Street, N1 This is a street in the N1 postcode area
Terling Walk, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
The Boiler House, N1 The Boiler House is a block on Canonbury Villas.
The Ivories, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
The Mall Camden Passage, N1 Charles Street in Islington disappeared under the Hilton hotel.
The Old School House, N1 The Old School House is a block on Fowler Road.
The Precinct, N1 The Precinct is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Theberton Street, N1 Theberton Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Thornhill Road, N1 Thornhill Road is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Tibberton Square, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Tibberton Street, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Tiverton House, N1 Tiverton House is a block on Pleasant Place.
Tolpuddle Street, N1 Tolpuddle Street is a more recent street of Islington.
Tower Court, N1 Tower Court is a block on Canonbury Street.
Tressel Close, N1 Tressel Close is a road in the N1 postcode area
Tressell Close, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Tudor Rose Building, N1 Tudor Rose Building is a block on Prebend Street.
Tufnell House, N1 Tufnell House is a building on Pleasant Place.
Turnbull House, N1 Turnbull House is a block on Windsor Street.
Union Square, N1 Union Square is a road in the N1 postcode area
Upper Dengie Walk, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Upper Hawkwell Walk, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Upper Street, N1 Upper Street begins at the junction of Pentonville Road and City Road, runs northwards past Angel, splits at Islington Green, ending at Highbury Corner.
Wakelin House, N1 Wakelin House is a block on Tressel Close.
Walters House Road, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Water Tower Place, N1 Water Tower Place is a road in the N1 postcode area
Waterloo Gardens, N1 Waterloo Gardens is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Waterloo Terrace, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Wells House, N1 Wells House is a block on Upper Street.
White Horse Yard, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Wicks Place, N1 Wicks Place is a location in London.
William Congreve Mews, N1 William Congreve Mews is a road in the N1 postcode area
Windsor Street, N1 Windsor Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Wollaton House, N1 Wollaton House is a building on Batchelor Street.
Wontner Close, N1 A street within the N1 postcode

NEARBY PUBS
Blackhorse Road Cote is a licenced premise on Islington Green.
Camden Head The Camden Head is a grade II listed building with a circular bar, etched glass windows and original mirrors.
Fox on the Green The Fox on the Green is one of Islington’s oldest pubs.


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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.


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The Grand Theatre, Islington High Street (1903) The new Grand Theatre - the fourth theatre on the site - was opened on 26 December 1900 with a production of the pantomime ’Robinson Crusoe’. The Huddersfield Daily reported the next day: "Nearing the end of the first performance of ’Robinson Crusoe’ at the Grand Theatre, Islington, on Wednesday, a fire broke out. From all parts of the house an alarm was raised. All present rose to their feet as large pieces of inflammable material were seen dropping from flies. The fire-proof curtain was promptly lowered, and the band struck up the National Anthem. The actors and actresses crowded into the stage boxes. Mr. Jones, playing ’Friday,’ clambered on to the stage from the front and appealed to the audience not to rush for the doors as there was no danger. Then Mr. Charles Townley, the author, came forward explaining that the management, owing to the electric installations not being completed, had used gas batten, and one of the sky borders had unfortunately caught fire. The officials had shown their efficiency by the celerity with which the fire had been extinguished. This is the fourth fire that has occurred at this theatre, and Wednesday’s was the first performance given since the building was gutted some few months back." Thankfully the fire was quickly put out and the performance continued, and the Theatre would go on to stage pantomime, drama, and variety productions until it was renamed the Islington Empire in 1908.
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The Angel, Islington (c.1890)
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The exterior of the Agricultural Hall in Islington (1861).
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Beer in the evening
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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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Islington Horse and Cattle market at the turn of the twentieth century.
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The Grand Theatre, Islington High Street (1903) The new Grand Theatre - the fourth theatre on the site - was opened on 26 December 1900 with a production of the pantomime ’Robinson Crusoe’. The Huddersfield Daily reported the next day: "Nearing the end of the first performance of ’Robinson Crusoe’ at the Grand Theatre, Islington, on Wednesday, a fire broke out. From all parts of the house an alarm was raised. All present rose to their feet as large pieces of inflammable material were seen dropping from flies. The fire-proof curtain was promptly lowered, and the band struck up the National Anthem. The actors and actresses crowded into the stage boxes. Mr. Jones, playing ’Friday,’ clambered on to the stage from the front and appealed to the audience not to rush for the doors as there was no danger. Then Mr. Charles Townley, the author, came forward explaining that the management, owing to the electric installations not being completed, had used gas batten, and one of the sky borders had unfortunately caught fire. The officials had shown their efficiency by the celerity with which the fire had been extinguished. This is the fourth fire that has occurred at this theatre, and Wednesday’s was the first performance given since the building was gutted some few months back." Thankfully the fire was quickly put out and the performance continued, and the Theatre would go on to stage pantomime, drama, and variety productions until it was renamed the Islington Empire in 1908.
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The Angel, Islington (c.1890)
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The Camden Head, Islington This is a glorious old gin palace-style pub behind Upper Street, in existence since the 18th century.
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The Royal Agricultural Hall, Islington (1861). View from Liverpool Road.
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Collins Theatre of Varieties (Collins’ Music Hall) existed in Islington between 1861 and 1958. Old-time ’greats’ who performed there were numerous: Charles Chaplin, Fred Karno, Kate Carney, Gus Elen, Sir George Robey, Marie Lloyd, Albert Chevalier, Nellie Wallace, Sir Harry Lauder, ’Wee’ Georgie Wood and more.
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Mandeville Houses, Mantell Street, Islington. Looking south-west, c. 1930. E.C.P. Monson & Partners were the architects in 1927. It was demolished in 1980 to built a Sainsbury’s.
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