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North London Railway - the Ladykillers

The North London Line The North London line continues to travel south westwards from Dalston Junction, it crosses the East Coast Mainlines into King Cross and there are junctions wit lines going south This post covers only the south west corner of the square Post to the quarter square to the east Barnsbury Post to the quarter square to the north east - Caledonian Road Main Square to the west South east quarter square Camden Town South west quarter square Camden Road Main square to the east Quarter square to the north east Highbury Corner Quarter square to the north west Arundel Square Bemerton Estate The area was rebuilt from 1947 by the London County Council Blundell Street Robert Blair Primary School . This began as a temporary school in 1872 opened by the School Board of London in Blundell Street mission rooms and some girls in a Primitive Methodist Chapel. Blundell Street Board School opened in 1873 for all children. It was renamed the Robert Blair school i

North London Line Barnsbury

North London Railway The Railway from Dalston Junction runs south westwards TQ 30592 84023 An area of Islington where housing which was slum property fifty years ago is now upmarket - some of it designed and laid out by major architects.  The main Caledonian Road runs north:south through the area and the North London line runs north west:south east and there are the remains of what was once an important railway transhipment area. There is open space, churches and an inner city mix of 19th and 20th social action invitiatives This post covers only the south east corner of the square Post to the quarter square to the west Ladykillers Post to the quarter square to the north Main Square to the west South east quarter square Camden Town South west quarter square Camden Road Main square to the east Quarter square to the north east Highbury Corner Quarter square to the north west Arundel Square Post to the north Holloway Road Barnsbury Terrace Historians of the 18th and

North London Railway Arundel Square

North London Railway The railway from Broad Street here runs south westwards A typically busy inner city area of Islington to the west of Highbury Fields and around a stretch of the A1, Holloway Road. It goes to the edge of, and includes some buildings of,  Highbury Station, in itself a busy interchange serving a number of railway lines. Holloway Road includes buildings used by the Metropolitan University as well as the magistrates court, old mortuarys and coroners courts, the site of a brewery and the site of a major rocket attack in the Second World War.  In the back streets are many industrial sites which include a major rail distribution centre for coal, cattle holding areas and a tram factory and depot. Reuse of industrial buildings include a city farm and a major music venue and club.  There is much else. Post to the east, Highbury Corner Post to the north Highbury This posting covers only the north west corner of this square Main square to the west Post to the quarter

North London Railway - Highbury Corner

North London Railway The railway continues south westwards Post to the east Canonbury Post to the west Arundel Square Post to the north Highbury This post covers only the north east corner of the square Main square to the east Post to the quarter square to the south   Barnsbury Post to the quarter square to the south west Ladykillers Post to the quarter square to the north east Caledonian Road Assata Mews This appears to be on the site of the North Metropolitan Tramway Horse Depot built in 1896 and entered from Corsica Street.  This corner however was destroyed by the V1 in June 1944. Calabria Road The building of Calabria Road was approved in 1887, as part of a small estate laid out by a builder, H. Baylis.  It had a Roman name because of the supposed Roman camp at Highbury.  It cut through Highbury Place, thus destroying the symmetry of the original scheme, and allowing for the demolition of two villas.  1 1890 house is attached to 13 Highbury Place Canonbury P

North London Railway - Canonbury

The North London Railway continues south westwards Post to the north Aberdeen Park Post to the west Highbury Corner Post to the south Islingtton Essex Road Alwyne Place At one time listed as Frog Lane Alwyne Road Posh houses and on one side gardens back on to the New River. Abbots Close , enclave of housing built 1955 Alwyne Square The square now consists of 1950s housing. In 1857 building began on a circle of villas named Canonbury Park Square. The area was owned by the Marquess of Northampton and in 1879 it was renamed Alwyne Square - one of the Marquess's family names. The developer was Charles Hill who had agreed with him to lay out three new roads in the space between Canonbury Tavern and the New River within 21 years extending it to this area in 1857. Hil1 sold his development on to Henry Witten, of 5 Alwyne Road who built the square finishing it in 1863 with 21 large villas.  The leases fell in in 1936 and there were proposals for redevelopment, However much of

North London Railway - Aberdeen Park

North London Line The line progresses in a south westerly direction An area largely developed with housing in the mid-19th century. It was crossed by the cut-back section of the 17th century New River and later by the original section of the North London Railway. Most notably the Cossor valve factory was here, as was the, now renamed, Highbury Grove School - plus religious and other infrastructure buildings. Post to the east Newington Green Post to the south Canonbury Post to the west Highbury This post covers only the south west corner of the square Aberdeen Lane Originally called Aberdeen Mews Mulberry Mews . New gated posh housing on site of Cossor and other works now demolished Aberdeen Centre - The Cossor factory was behind 20A - 24 Highbury Grove and built in 1918 for the mass production of radio sets. In the Second World War work here concentrated on the development of radar. Aberdeen Lodge, a single storey building used for storage and distribution Aberdeen House

North London Railway Newington Green

North London Railway The North London Railway continues its route westwards Post to the east Mildmay Post to the west Aberdeen Park This post covers only the south west corner of the square Mildmay Grove North Laid out in 1850. Long terraces across the deep crevasse of the North London Railway 37 Colony Mews 5 houses in what was 37h Mildmay Grove – this is part of a complex of old industrial buildings and offices.  In the early 20th there was a laundry here and earlier some gardens. Mildmay Grove South 2a Mount Refuge .  First Born Church of God. 40 ½ modern glass and metal house a sequence of light filled rooms with modern furniture. By Philip Johnson and Leonie Milliner 2007 Railway Wall . The wall part of a former gent’s urinal and once boasted a painted horse, removed by Islington Council. It has been replaced by a boy with a flower.  It has been claimed that this area marks the last remains of the Newington and Balls Pond Station. Mildmay Park Part of the estate