Islington history

Everyone has a story. Carrots, dogs, guillemots, glasses … anything can inspire comic poet John Hegley who spent his babyhood in Newington Green. Here he reveals the bits of Islington that have played a part in his life’s work. Interview by Nicola Baird John Hegley is renowned for deadpan delivery and…
Everyone has a story. For the next few years many people are uncovering stories of the people caught up in World War One (1914-18) – including the 9,400 men and three women from Finsbury & Islington who died. Meet Malcolm Marjoram who has been researching the 90+ men who worshipped at his local…
Everyone has a story. Oonagh Gay may have retired in June 2015 from running the Parliament & Constitution Centre, which she set up at the House of Commons Library 15 years ago, but she’s now able to focus on her passion for local history and run some great weekend walks –…
Everyone has a story. Charles Baron is having lunch at the Highbury Barn pub – nothing remarkable about that, except he was born on 6 May 1920 to Jewish refugees from the Russian pogroms – 95 years ago. So what are his memories of pre-World War Two Islington and life in…
Everyone has a story. Jackie Badger saw the Beatles and the Rolling Stones play live in Finsbury Park! The Astoria Finsbury Park (now UKCG church on Seven Sisters Road, just opposite Fontwell Road) used to be London’s hottest venue – and never more so than when the Fab Four came to…
Jerry White: author of Campbell Bunk the worst street in London Everyone has a story. Professor Jerry White is one of London’s leading social historians. He started his career inspecting homes in Islington after taking a job as a Public Health Inspector for Islington Council back in the 1970s. Jerry has written many history books about London including Islington’s most notorious…
Joseph Chamberlain, George Orwell & Horace Warner: grave voices Everyone has a story, but in this EXCLUSIVE SUMMER HOLIDAY discovery, Islington Faces blog can reveal the secrets and sentimentality of famous Islington residents – politician Joseph Chamberlain, critic/writer George Orwell and photographer Horace Warner. Prepare to be amazed by these men’s frank revelations about their time in Islington – and…
Everyone has a story. Perhaps it is because Ivy Allan Freeman has been living in the US for nearly 50 years that her memories of growing up near King’s Cross – with the sound of horses’ hooves on the cobbles and later the terrifying air raids – are so astonishingly vivid. Here…
Everyone has a story. James Cambridge’s university project saw him hunting old photos of Islington (from 1975-1982) and then merge them with modern shots of the same location. The resulting Islington Series are a gripping mix of magical realism and time travel. You might have heard this type of photography mix-up…
Everyone has a story. Most blogs want to go viral, but to celebrate the 100th interview with people who live or work in Islington, islingtonfacesblog.com took to the stage. The show was at the King’s Head Theatre. The plan was to entertain, bring more members of the community into Islington’s oldest pub…