Caledonian Park and its Surroundings
Sylia Tunstall, Patsy Ainger, Robyn Lyons
Caledonian Park and its surroundings are full of architectural, historical and social interest. The area reflects the energy and ambition of the Victorian Age. It contains many fine buildings. This booklet has been researched and produced by Caledonian Park Friends Group. It follows a short, mile-long walking route covering most of the area within the boundaries of the Metropolitan Cattle market.
20th CENTURY BUILDINGS IN ISLINGTON
With its elegant Geogian squares and terraces ad substantial Victorian residential estates, the sheer diversity and number of 20th century buildings in Islington may come as a surprise. Some buildings may be familiar, but many are hidden gems. Here is your chance to discover and enjoy their range and richness in context and to take a fresh look at their remarkable story.
For thousands of Islington residents, a Day flat was the first step on the property ladder. Between 1956 and 1972 around a hundred of these blocks of flats were built. Designed for owner occupiers, they mostly occupied in-fill sites resulting from war time bomb damage. The flats have attracted their share of eccentrics, and hence this eccentric book from current society chair Andrew Bosi. The book traces the development of the flats, and the changes that have taken place since the building programme came to an end. Each block is listed alphabetically with a brief description.
AN ARCHITECT IN ISLINGTON
Harley Sherlock has been dedicated to urban housing design in London for most of his working life. His architectural practice, Andrews Sherlock & Partners, formed in the 1950’s as an experiment in living and working on co-operative lines, gained awards from the Ministry of Housing and from the Civic Trust, winning them work in the public sector on low-rise, high-density housing and on the rehabilitation of nineteenth-century streets.
The Building that Lived Twice
October 2011 saw the twenty-fifth anniversary of the opening of the Business Design Centre. This book tells the story of this remarkable building from its construction as the Royal Agricultural Hall in 1862 to the present day. Sam Morris took a huge gamble in taking on the rotting hulk of the Aggie but his vision for a business design centre is still very much alive. It is truly the building that changed Islington.