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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!

Arsene Wenger takes charge of his final home game on Sunday. He leaves having changed Arsenal, and Islington, for the better. The Gazette looked through the late ‘90s archives to assess how he set about that change.

Clerkenwell’s Postal Museum has been named one of the best in the country.

A 20-year-old was given the death sentence for murdering a caretaker in the old Brecknock Road printing works.

Islington, as the Gazette has reminded its readers on about 654 occasions over the past two years, has a massive heritage of activism and protest.

Parents were fighting Clerkenwell Parochial School after the return of its headmaster following seven months’ suspension.

A restored century-old cart was the centrepiece of an anniversary trek by the 5th Islington Scout Group on Sunday morning.

More than 150 Islington Council candidates will fail to win a seat in next week’s local elections. But, statistically speaking, at least one of them will go on to become an MP.

Islington South and Finsbury MP Chris Smith offered himself as a “swap” for hostages on a hijacked Kuwaiti airliner.

Upper Street’s famous King’s Head Theatre pub could move into a “trendy neighbourhood bar” for more than 18 months until its new site is ready, a new report reveals.

The life’s work of Islington’s Beryl Vosburgh, one of the first specialist antique photographica collectors in London, will go on auction next month.

Islington Council faced having to pay back more than £1million of traffic fines issued at a controversial width restriction.

The Whittington Hospital was struggling to cope with a baby boom.

The landlord of the historic Archway Tavern pub met with council chiefs last week and informed them of plans to reopen it “in months”.

A hero tobacconist fought off a thug who threatened to knife her and rob her shop.

A community theatre in Barnsbury has been given more than £67,000 to develop a play celebrating 200 years of the Regent’s Canal.

The town hall was drawing up secret plans to transfer ownership of Islington’s 42,000 council homes to its own private company.

Premier Inn has won permission to build a 180-room hotel in Clerkenwell – after the UK’s top planning authority cast aside the concerns of community campaigners.

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.

With eerie similarity to life in modern day Islington, a 17-year-old was caught stealing a moped.

Islington Council’s failure to keep a traffic bollard clean may have cost a motorist his life, an inquest heard.

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.

The apparent creation of Rosemary Gardens was under way.

Neighbours launched an angry campaign to drive away a sex shop from Holloway Road.

Two soldiers from Islington, who were both awarded the Victoria Cross during the First World War, were honoured by the town hall today – 100 years after their brave actions.

The transformation of Archway has brought the status of two of its most iconic buildings back into the public eye.

Five hundred tenants were rallied after Islington Council proposed increased rents for people living in municipal buildings.

Two Islington councillors left the town hall’s ruling Labour group in a blazing row over rent and rate increases.


Fostering older teenagers means giving them the skills for life as an adult. Here, a supportive lodgings carer with Islington Council and young adult who has left care share their stories

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