The Islington New Market

Islington New Market 1849 ILN

This short-lived cattle and livestock market was developed by a Mr Perkins in the 1830s, on land between the Lower Road (now Essex Road) and Southgate Road on the eastern … Read more

Balmes House

balmes-house

This elegant small manor house is believed to have been erected around 1635, probably on the site of the mediaeval Hoxton Manor. It was situated near the border between the … Read more

The City Pest House

Finsbury Pest House and Plague Pit

If you lived in the City of London and showed symptoms of plague in 1593, you were sent to one of the ‘Pest Houses’ outside the City boundaries to recover….or … Read more

‘Beating the Bounds’

Islington boundary marker

The annual act of ‘Beating the Bounds’ of the parish was extremely important before maps were commonplace. Local officials and interested parties would walk the parish boundary, often on Ascension … Read more