Shoreditch Park

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This map is taken from Charles Booth’s Poverty Survey in around 1898. Booth walked the streets of late Victorian London, accompanied by a local policeman, then produced maps and notebooks … Read more

Churches of the past

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This view, from around 1900, is looking south down Southgate Road N1 from near the junction with Englefield Road. The pub on the right is the Lord Raglan, now replaced … Read more

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

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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