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Barnsbury is a place in the London Borough of Islington. The name is a corruption of Bernersbury, being so called after the Berners family, who gained ownership of the lands after the Norman Conquest.

By the end of the 18th century, Barnsbury, like other parts of Islington, was being regarded as attractive part-rural suburbs by the comparatively wealthy people wanting to move out of the cramped City of London and industrial Clerkenwell.

The area is close to the City, and had strong local trade in its position as the first staging post for travellers making the journey from London to the north, and with considerable agricultural traffic and cattle driving to the nearby Smithfield cattle market in the City.


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

Born here
My dad 1929 John George Hall

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Linda Webb   
Added: 27 Sep 2021 05:51 GMT   

Hungerford Stairs
In 1794 my ancestor, George Webb, Clay Pipe Maker, lived in Hungerford Stairs, Strand. Source: Wakefields Merchant & Tradesmens General Directory London Westminster 1794

Source: Hungerford Stairs

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jack stevens   
Added: 26 Sep 2021 13:38 GMT   

Mothers birth place
Number 5 Whites Row which was built in around 1736 and still standing was the premises my now 93 year old mother was born in, her name at birth was Hilda Evelyne Shaw,

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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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THE STREETS OF BARNSBURY
Adam Place, N7 Adam Place is a road in the N7 postcode area
Airdrie Close, N1 Airdrie Close is a road serving the Bemerton Estate.
Amber Court, N7 Amber Court is one of the streets of London in the N7 postal area.
Arundel Place, N1 Arundel Place is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Arundel Square, N7 Arundel Square is one of the streets of London in the N7 postal area.
Augustas Lane, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Barnsbury Grove, N7 This is a street in the N7 postcode area
Barnsbury Park, N1 Barnsbury Park 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.
Belitha Villas, N1 Belitha Villas is a road in the N1 postcode area
Bewdley Street, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Bingfield Street, N1 Bingfield Street marks the southern boundary of the Bemerton Estate.
Bramwell Mews, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Bride Street, N7 Bride Street is one of the streets of London in the N7 postal area.
Bridgeman Road, N1 Bridgeman Road 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.
Bunning Way, N1 Bunning Way is one of the streets of London in the N7 postal area.
Carfree Close, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Carnoustie Drive, N1 Carnoustie Drive is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Centurion Close, N7 Centurion Close follows the line of the former Cumberland Street (Ponder Street).
Chillingworth Road, N7 Chillingworth Road is one of the streets of London in the N7 postal area.
Coatbridge House, N1 Residential block
Cobble Lane, N1 Cobble Lane is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
College Cross, N1 College Cross is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Cornelia Street, N7 Cornelia Street is a road in the N7 postcode area
Court Gardens, N7 Court Gardens is a road in the N7 postcode area
Crescent Street, N1 Crescent Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Crossley Street, N7 Crossley Street is a road in the N7 postcode area
Davey Close, N7 Davey Close is one of the streets of London in the N7 postal area.
Diarmid Road, N20 Diarmid Road is a location in London.
Eden Grove, N7 Eden Grove is one of the streets of London in the N7 postal area.
Edwards Mews, N1 Edwards Mews is a road in the N1 postcode area
Ellington Street, N7 Ellington Street is one of the streets of London in the N7 postal area.
Elysian Mews, N7 Elysian Mews is a location in London.
Epping Place, N1 Epping Place is a road in the N1 postcode area
Eton Mews, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Evelyn Dennington Court, N1 Evelyn Dennington Court is a block in Islington.
Faraday Close, N7 Faraday Close is a road in the N7 postcode area
Ferriby Close, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Fortuna Close, N7 Fortuna Close is a road in the N7 postcode area
Freeling Street, N1 Freeling Street is a road in the N1 postcode area
Furlong Road, N7 Furlong Road is one of the streets of London in the N7 postal area.
Georges Road, N7 Georges Road is one of the streets of London in the N7 postal area.
Gifford Street, N1 Gifford Street is a road in the N1 postcode area
Gissing Walk, N1 Gissing Walk is a road in the N1 postcode area
Hartnoll Street, N7 Hartnoll Street is a road in the N7 postcode area
Haslam Close, N1 Haslam Close is a road in the N1 postcode area
Haven Mews, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Hemingford Road, N1 Hemingford Road is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Highbury Station Road, N1 Highbury Station Road is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Holloway Road, N7 Holloway Road is one of the widest roads in London.
Hornsey Street, N7 Hornsey Street is one of the streets of London in the N7 postal area.
Huntingdon Street, N1 Huntingdon Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Islington Park Street, N1 This is a street in the N7 postcode area
Joiners Yard, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Kember Street, N1 Kember Street runs west from Caledonian Road.
Lambert Street, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Langford Mews, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Laycock Street, N1 Laycock Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Legion Close, N1 Legion Close is a road in the N1 postcode area
Lionswood, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Liverpool Road, N7 Liverpool Road is one of the streets of London in the N7 postal area.
Lofting Road, N1 Lofting Road 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.
Lough Road, N7 Lough Road is one of the streets of London in the N7 postal area.
Lyon Street, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Mackenzie Road, N7 Mackenzie Road is one of the streets of London in the N7 postal area.
Madras Place, N7 Madras Place is a road in the N7 postcode area
Malvern Terrace, N1 Malvern Terrace 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
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
Naver House, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Offord Street, N1 Offord Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Orleston Road, N7 Orleston Road is one of the streets of London in the N7 postal area.
Paradise Passage, N7 Paradise Passage is a road in the N7 postcode area
Peacock Place, N1 Peacock Place is a road in the N1 postcode area
Pembroke Street, N1 Pembroke Street is a north-south street in the Barnsbury area.
Perth House, N1 Perth House is a ten-storey block.
Piper Close, N7 Piper Close is a road in the N7 postcode area
Purley Place, N1 Purley Place is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Randell’s Road, N1 This is a street in the N1 postcode area
Randells Road, N1 Randells Road is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Richmond Crescent, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Ringcroft Street, N7 Ringcroft Street is a road in the N7 postcode area
Ripplevale Grove, N1 Ripplevale Grove is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Roman Way Industrial Estate, N1 Roman Way Industrial Estate is one of the streets of London in the N7 postal area.
Rufford Street Mews, N1 Rufford Street Mews is a road in the N1 postcode area
Rufford Street, N1 Rufford Street is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Selkirk House, N1 Selkirk House is the twin building of Perth House.
Story Street, N1 Story Street is a road in the N1 postcode area
Stranraer Way, N1 Stranraer Way is a road on the Bemerton Estate.
Tayport Close, N1 Tayport Close leads off Stranraer Way.
Tealby Court, N7 Tealby Court is one of the streets of London in the N7 postal area.
The Courtyard, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Thornhill Crescent, N1 Thornhill Crescent is a road in the N1 postcode area
Thornhill Grove, N1 A street within the N1 postcode
Thornhill Road, N1 Thornhill Road is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Thornhill Square, N1 Thornhill Square is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Victoria Mansions, N7 Victoria Mansions is one of the streets of London in the N7 postal area.
Vulcan Way, N7 Vulcan Way is a road in the N7 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
Watkinson Road, N7 Watkinson Road is a road in the N7 postcode area
Wellington Mews, N7 Wellington Mews is a road in the N7 postcode area
Westbourne Road, N7 Westbourne Road is one of the streets of London in the N7 postal area.

THE PUBS OF BARNSBURY
Dead Doll’s House This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Duchess Of Kent This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Kennedy’s 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.
Tap Room 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 Drapers Arms This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Jolly Sisters This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Vineyard This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.




LOCAL PHOTOS
Highbury Corner
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The Angel, Islington (c.1890)
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Risinghill Street, N1
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In the neighbourhood...

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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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Wilsham Street, W11 Charles Booth’s poverty map placed the Kensington Potteries among the "criminal and irreclaimable areas", largely on account of the overcrowded condition of its unsuitable and derelict houses. Five short streets in the district became known as the "Special Area.": Bangor Street, Crescent Street and three roads that have been renamed. St. Clement’s, now called Sirdar Road, St. Katherine’s Road, now Wilsham Street, and William, now Kenley Street.
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The former Pentonville Cottages awaiting demolition
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