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Friday, October 19, 2018

A multi-billion-pound gas company has bowed to opposition and abandoned plans to partially astroturf the historic Canonbury Square Gardens.

A “really precious” Holloway community centre is fund-raising for its first refurbishment since the 1970s – and Jeremy Corbyn has backed its campaign.

A celebrated theatre architect unveiled his “cynosure of all eyes” in the Nag’s Head on October 5, 1903.

A Clerkenwell magistrate warned every effort would be made to stop racial disorders spreading to other parts of London.

Hard-up mourners were rocked by the prospect of being forced to give up their loved one’s resting place by Islington Council.

The iconic Angel Wings will soar over the new-look Angel Central after a 10-year-old campaigner faced down developers who wanted the sculpture removed.

Financial difficulties at Islington Boys’ Club, in Parkurst Road, were said to have caused the termination of 31-year-old Mr W.C. Jennings appointment as full-time leader.

A home-made “burglar alarm” installed by the then mayor of Islington Candy Atherton had immediate results.

Islington Council is in discussions about buying Clerkenwell Fire Station for use as affordable housing and workspace – as the cost to the taxpayer of keeping it shut approaches half a million pounds.

Meet the black cabbie from the Cally who does his bit for charity and limelights as a swing singer at venues like Charring Cross theatre.

This weekend, TfL is celebrating the half-century of the Victoria line. Ahead of that celebration, we spoke to the transport body’s former heritage chief, Mike Ashworth, for the lowdown on its origins.

Arsenal’s new majority owner could “break the connection” between some fans and the club if he forcibly buys fans’ shares at the end of September.

Bizarre proposals to reopen the Archway Tavern as a wine bar with a nursery attached have today been rejected by council planners – who reckoned the joint uses would be “incompatible”.

A “stirring and fiercely patriotic” song about Islington has been unearthed and performed a century after its composer died in France during the First World War.

The site of a once proud Jacobean playhouse in Clerkenwell is to be commemorate by a heritage plaque on Wednesday.

Transport bosses were today scrambling to defend Highbury’s famous The Garage music venue after a backlash against plans to demolish it and expand the Tube station.

The Gunners pub bosses say the pub is no longer “under threat” after a mysterious licensing meeting at the town hall on Tuesday evening.

The queer archive at Islington Museum has gathered some incredible artefacts since the Gazette last visited in 2016 – but it needs more memories to continue flourishing.

An iconic music venue has been ear-marked for demolition if plans to build a new ticket hall for Highbury and Islington station go ahead.

A ‘floral tribute’ has been planted in Islington Memorial Green to mark the centenary of some women gaining suffrage.

Two years after its closure, an exhibition at Islington Museum explores the prison’s history in Islington.

A historic Newington Green building that has been home to radical thinking for more than 300 years will be given a vital £1.7million restoration.

With plans submitted to redevelop the famous Holloway Road Odeon, we decided it was time to take a look at its history. Val Cipriani chatted to filmgoers about their memories of the cinema.

An Islington councillor will tomorrow ask town hall planners to stop a 182-room hotel being built on the site of a famous old Finsbury Park music venue.

Tenants from the York Way Estate celebrated 50 years in the Cally at the weekend.

Privately run Aberdeen Park in Highbury became the first road in Islington where wheel clamping operated.

A racist King’s Cross tenant was “forbidden” by a court order to harass a caretaker on her estate.

Islington’s courts were being filled with cases of lazy people “borrowing” cars without the owner’s consent.

Whittington Hospital was turning pregnant women away as its maternity ward couldn’t cope with a north London baby boom.

Barnard Park in Barnsbury is one of Islington’s biggest – and therefore most important – green spaces. Naturally, people have been quarrelling about it from the very offset. The Gazette looks through the archives to see how the park developed.

With an exhibition running at Islington Museum until Tuesday, the Gazette finds out how our borough played a part in fighting the oppression of black South Africans.

A Cally school pupil became a national hero after she helped prevent a tragedy in her PE lesson.

Islington Labour councillors faced disqualification from political office.

Astonishing plans have been lodged to turn half of the Archway Tavern into a nursery – but still reopen the front half as a pub.

A dad fearing for his daughter’s safety in Canonbury’s Marquess Estate gave her a shotgun for protection, a court heard.

A seven-year campaign finally came to fruition on Friday when a plaque (and flowerbed) was unveiled for Bill Little: the flower seller who brightened Highbury Corner for three decades. Among the invited guests were members of his family, Arsenal old boy Charlie George, and – of course – the Gazette. Sam Volpe reports

An Islington man attacked a cafe owner because a jukebox didn’t play any music.

Islington Council was planning to use young children as bait to entrap newsagents who sold cigarettes to under-age smokers.

Activists who led the fight against a law banning the ‘promotion’ of homosexuality in schools came together on Wednesday night, 30 years on from its introduction –and 15 years after its repeal. The Gazette was there to listen and learn.

Police have taped off the Golden Lane Estate after a Second World War bomb was discovered during excavation work this afternoon.

Dirty dogs were set to be outlawed in Islington’s parks.

British artist Maggi Hambling has been chosen to create a sculpture of feminist icon Mary Wollstonecraft on Newington Green.

Remember Jubilee Photographica in Pierrepoint Row? A collection of its former sale items made thousands at auction last week. Owner Beryl Vosburgh’s daughter, Amy, tells the Gazette what made her mum such a character of Camden Passage.

One hundred Islington people pledged to will their eyes after being moved by a play about blindness.

A council poll found Islington was divided by rich and poor people. Who would have guessed it!

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