Freightliners City Farm in Holloway is celebrating its 40th anniversary amid a funding crisis. Chief exec Liz McCallister explains how it became such a valuable community asset over those four decades.
A stalwart of Islington’s Polish community, Aleksandra Podhorodecka MBE is organising a ‘heritage day’ at the Parish of Our Lady of Czestochowa and St Casimir in Devonia Road. She speaks to the Gazette.
Two weeks ago, we ran a feature on the amazing history of Caledonian Market. In 1967, this was replaced by social housing: the Market Estate. Despite a short lifespan of just 43 years, the Gazette finds its history was just as colourful.
It’s hard to imagine now, but the Cally used to have one of the world’s most famous markets. One day you could buy a coffin, the next you’d see a rampaging bull on the loose. The Gazette trawls the archives and tells the story of the market from 1852 to 1964.
Violent smash and grab robberies aren’t anything new to Islington. This week in 1988, the owner of a Finsbury off-licence was blasted in the leg with a sawn-off shotgun by two thugs who raided his shop.
February is LGBT history month. To mark it, Clerkenwell and Islington tour guide Karen Lansdown talks the Gazette through some snapshots of the borough’s rich – but often hard to spot – gay history ahead of two public tours.