New River Walk, New River Head (no.1)

Mr Bradshaw says ‘..A walk through Highbury, noticing its picturesque little church, finished in 1848, and past the Sluice-house and the New River, to Horney Wood House, will give the stranger an agreeable idea of the picturesque character of this vast … Continued

Bradshaw’s Hand Book to London, 1862, in Islington & Highbury, Day 8 (no.73)

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In this and the following post Mr Bradshaw and I wander about to find the notable sights of Islington in 1862. ‘..The Pentonville or Model Prison, in the Caledonian Road, was built in 1842….It contains 1,000 separate cells, which are … Continued

Bradshaw’s Hand Book to London, Day 8, Barnsbury Square (no.72)

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Mr Bradshaw says ‘..Pentonville …Of late years it has extended rapidly, Barnsbury Road and Barnsbury Park, a new and daily improving district, derive their names from Lady Juliana Berners, Abbess of St Albans, who had a large manor is this neighbourhood..’.  

Bradshaw’s Hand Book to London, 1862, Day 8, The Thornhill Estate contd (no.71)

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Thornhill Square was the centre and showpiece of the Thornhill Estate, but 86 acres was a lot of land and other roads associated with the family include Matilda Street, Richmond Avenue, Thornhill Road, Belitha Villas. This is just a brief glimpse into some … Continued

Bradshaw’s Hand Book to London, 1862, Day 8, The Thornhill Estate (no.69)

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The Thornhill Estate in London was laid out between 1810-49 by Joseph Kay on land owned by the Thornhill family. The family originated in Yorkshire, moving to Diddington Manor in 1730. Their property portfolio was extensive, and included 86 acres in Islington … Continued

Bradshaw’s Hand Book to London, Lonsdale Square (no.66)

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The village of Islington was known for its clean, fresh air and its dairy farms. The Drapers Company inherited land known as ‘Gossey Field’ in the late 1600s which was farmed and then used as a cattle pen en route … Continued

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