Tales from the crypt… and churchyard… of St Mary Magdalene, Holloway Road

Jennifer Watson-Bore takes a wander around the Islington’s second parish church.  As you walk down Holloway Road from Highbury Corner, you will discover the church of St Mary Magdalene, with a small part of its churchyard opposite the façade of Islington Central Library. St Mary Magdalene began life in 1814 as a chapel-of-ease for St … Read More


Welcome to the May newsletter from Clerkenwell & Islington Guides, with a range of fascinating walks and places to explore during the coming month, starting with: Caledonian Tower Tours The Caledonian Tower tours run by Islington Guided Walks on behalf of Islington Council have some additional dates this summer. Tours are now running weekly on … Read More

All aboard through the Islington tunnel!

In addition to leading walking tours in Islington our guide Chris Annus also regularly takes to the water… As a guide for the London Canal Museum I’m incredibly lucky to not only share the history of the Regent’s Canal with people but also take them through one of its atmospheric tunnels on our very own … Read More

How Islington became Caledonian

Iain Monaghan reveals how Islington acquired a Caledonian Road, two ‘Caledonian Road’ stations, the Caledonian Estate and Caledonian Park… The story of how Islington has so many places named ‘Caledonian’ can be traced back to a single, long-demolished building: the Caledonian Asylum. The Caledonian Asylum was a charitable residential school founded by wealthy Scots in … Read More

Benjamin Franklin, a Founding Father in Finsbury

Benjamin Franklin is one of history’s most famous Americans. Lulu Martyn-David explains the Founding Father’s deep links to our patch of London.  Born: Boston, Massachusetts 17 January 1706Died: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 17 April 1790 What is a man who was born and died in America in the 18th century doing here on our latest Finsbury blog? Not just any man, but a … Read More

Islington History & new Blog

The guides at Islington Guided Walks have been working over the last few weeks to build a new Visit Islington set of pages – we’ve divided the borough into ten areas, and for each area a page that looks at why you should visit the area, more on the area history and lists some of … Read More