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Pub/bar · Islington · N1 ·
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2019

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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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Born here
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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Born here
Vanessa Whitehouse   
Added: 17 Feb 2021 22:48 GMT   

Born here
My dad 1929 John George Hall

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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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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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Erin   
Added: 2 May 2022 01:33 GMT   

Windsor Terrace, N1
hello

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Watts   
Added: 17 May 2022 20:29 GMT   

Baeethoven St School, also an Annex for Paddington College of FE.
In the early 70’s I took a two year science course at Paddington CFE. The science classes were held on weekday evenings at Beethoven Street school, overseen by chemistry teacher, Mr Tattershall.

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Added: 25 Apr 2022 22:11 GMT   

Southover, N12
Everyone knows Central Woodside is the place to be. Ever since kdog moved from finchtown, Woodside has been thriving.

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Born here
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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Brian Lynch   
Added: 10 Apr 2022 13:38 GMT   

Staples Mattress Factory
An architect’s design of the Staples Mattress Factory
An image found on the website of Dalzell’s Beds, in Armagh Northern Ireland.

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Lived here
   
Added: 19 Feb 2022 16:21 GMT   

Harmondsworth (1939 - 1965)
I lived in a house (Lostwithiel) on the Bath Road opposite the junction with Tythe Barn Lane, now a hotel site. Initially, aircraft used one of the diagonal runways directly in line with our house. I attended Sipson Primary School opposite the Three Magpies and celebrated my 21st birthday at The Peggy Bedford in 1959.

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Emma Seif   
Added: 25 Jan 2022 19:06 GMT   

Birth of the Bluestocking Society
In about 1750, Elizabeth Montagu began hosting literary breakfasts in her home at 23 (now 31) Hill Street. These are considered the first meetings of the Bluestocking society.

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Comment
   
Added: 14 Jan 2022 03:06 GMT   

Goldbourne Gardens W 10
I lived in Goldbourne Gardens in the 50,s very happy big bomb site

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Chris Nash   
Added: 10 Jan 2022 22:54 GMT   

Shortlands Close, DA17
Shortlands Close and the flats along it were constructed in the mid-1990s. Prior to this, the area was occupied by semi-detached houses with large gardens, which dated from the post-war period and were built on the site of Railway Farm. The farm and its buildings spanned the length of Abbey Road, on the south side of the North Kent Line railway tracks.

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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.

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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.
Anderson Square, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Ann Street, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Aztec Row, N1 Aztec Row is part of Berners Street, Islington.
Baldwin Terrace, N1 Baldwin Terrace is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
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
Basire Street, N1 Basire Street is a road in the N1 postcode area
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
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
Bishop Street, N1 Bishop Street is a road in the N1 postcode area
Bouton Place, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Bradleys Close, N1 Bradleys Close is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal 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.
Britannia Wharf, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Bromfield Street, N1 Bromfield Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Burgh Street, N1 This is a street in the N1 postcode area
Business Design Centre, N1 The Business Design Centre is a Grade II listed building located between Upper Street and Liverpool Road
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.
Canal Building, N1 Canal Building is one of the streets of London in 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.
Chantry Street, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Chapel Market, N1 Chapel Market is a daily street market in Islington.
Chapel Place, N1 Chapel Place lies off the north side of Chapel Market towards Liverpool Road.
Charles Street, N1 Charles Street in Islington disappeared under the Hilton hotel.
Charlton Place, N1 Charlton Place runs east from Upper Street.
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
Danbury Road, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Danbury Street, N1 Danbury Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Dengie Walk, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Devonia Road, N1 Devonia Road is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Dibden Street, N1 Dibden Street is a road in the N1 postcode area
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
Duncan Street, N1 Duncan Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Duncan Terrace, N1 Duncan Terrace is named after Admiral Duncan the commander of the Naval Fleet at the Battle of Camperdown against the Dutch in 1797.
Elder Walk, 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.
Fairstead Walk, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
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.
Gaskin Street, N1 Gaskin Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Gerrard Road, N1 Gerrard Road 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.
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
Hanover Yard, N1 Hanover Yard is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
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
Holland Passage, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Horse Yard, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Islington Green, N1 Islington Green is both a small green and a series of roads which surround it.
James’s Gardens, N1 James’s Gardens was established in the 1810s.
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
Liverpool Road, N1 Liverpool 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.
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.
Napier Terrace, N1 Napier Terrace is a road in the N1 postcode area
Noble Yard, N1 Noble Yard is a yard lying off Charlton Place.
Noel Road, N1 Noel Road is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Northeast Place, N1 Northeast Place matched the adjacent Northwest Place.
Northwest Place, N1 Northwest Place, off Chapel Market, was formerly West Place.
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
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.
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.
Price House, N1 Residential block
Pride Court, N1 Pride Court is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Provence Street, N1 Provence Street is a road in the N1 postcode area
Providence Court, N1 Providence Court is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Providence Place, N1P Providence Place lies beside the Screen On The Green.
Queens Head Street, N1 Queens Head Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Queensbury Street, N1 Queensbury Street is a road in the N1 postcode 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
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.
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
Shalford Court, N1 Shalford Court is a road in the N1 postcode area
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 Peter’s Street, N1 Saint Peter’s Street runs between Essex Road and the Regent’s Canal.
St. Mary’s Path, N1 St. Mary’s Path is a road in the N1 postcode area
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.
Studd Street, N1 This is a street in the N1 postcode area
Terling Walk, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Terretts Place, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
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
Tressell Close, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Union Square, N1 Union Square is a road in the N1 postcode area
Union Square, N1 Union Square (sometime Union Court) was approached by a narrow alley.
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.
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
White Conduit Street, N1 White Conduit Street was laid out and built up with houses and tenements from the mid-1790s.
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
Willow Walk, N1 Willow Walk is a small Islington side street.
Windsor Street, N1 Windsor Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Wontner Close, N1 A street within the N1 postcode

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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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Highbury Corner
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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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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)
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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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Islington Green (1905). That is Upper Street, leading to Highbury Corner. To the right of the green but just out of the picture would be Essex Road (formerly Lower Road)
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