The area in 1885, with later street name changes

Report of the Boundary Commissioners for England and Wales. 1885

This is an excerpt from Report of the Boundary Commissioners for England and Wales, 1885. It is available with other maps at London Ancestor. Click it to see it more clearly.

Posts such as that by taxi driver Michael Rose use different street names. In particular:

  • John Street became Lofting Road in 1898 to commemorate John Lofting (1659-1742), who was a merchant, a miller, a manufacturer of fire engines, and a manufacturer of thimbles, and who had at one stage a horse-powered thimble factory in Islington.
  • The western part of Lofting Road became Bridgeman Road in 1974 to commemorate Reverend Hon. John Robert Orlando Bridgeman (1831–1897), who was the vicar of St Andrew’s Church from 1872 to 1893.
  • Albion Grove became Ripplevale Grove in 1922 to commemorate Field Marshal John Denton Pinkstone French, First Earl of Ypres (1852-1925), who lived in Ripple Vale, Ripple, Kent.
  • Clayton Street became Tilloch Street in 1937 to commemorate Alexander Tilloch (1759-1825), who was the founder of the Philosophical Magazine, the founder of the Mechanics Oracle, the editor of the Star evening newspaper, and an inventor (especially in printing), and who lived at one stage in Islington.
  • Grace Street became Shirley Street in 1937 to commemorate John Shirley (1648-1679), who was an author and who lived at one stage in Islington.
  • Richmond Street became the northern part of Matilda Street in 1937.
  • Freeling Street was named after Sir Francis Freeling (1764-1836), who was a Secretary of the General Post Office, a postal reformer and an improver of the mail coach service.
  • Luard Street disappeared by 1966.
  • Carnoustie Drive appeared in 1973.
  • Shirley Street disappeared by 1974.

The information comes from Streets with a story: the book of Islington and Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Both are online. For the latter you need a public library membership number.

An afternoon to love Thornhill Square

Well done and thanks to everyone who made the ‘Love Thornhill Square’ afternoon on Friday 26 July so successful. It was wonderful to see some 300 people from much of the local area and from many different communities. They enthusiastically took part in den building, art, face painting, an obstacle course and (of course) watching the big screen.

Get back to us with your impressions of the event and your ideas for how we could make it even better next year.

Thanks to Anna McKane for these pictures.