History buff John Leo Waters runs the Archway Revisited Facebook group, where people share their memories of the area. Here he recounts Mr Van Hooydonk’s journey from Brussels to Islington, Hampstead and Highgate at the turn of the last century.
Jeremy Corbyn and Emily Thornberry are seething over the imminent closure of a historic Holloway women’s centre – they say its “tragic” loss is just the latest mental health service casualty to central government cuts.
The grandfather of Islington’s soon-to-be education chief Kaya Comer-Schwartz was seized for putting furniture back into a Jewish family’s home and taken to Dachau concentration camp. Here, she recounts his story of survival and not seeking revenge.
When members of the Jewish community moved out of the cramped East End and into Islington in the 18th and 19th centuries some said “Heichner Fenster”: a Yiddish term which, in German dialect, means tall window.
Most people presume jellied eels are slimy. Or wobbly. Or wobbly and slimy. But surprisingly, it turns out jellied eels are quite chewy and extremely bony. In some pie and mash shops the tradition remains of sprinkling sawdust on the floor to stop customers slipping on the discarded bones.
A singer-songwriter has penned the “dramatic history” of a rowdy pub and pleasure house in Highbury – and hopes his songs can redeem its immoral past by raising money for the mayor of Islington’s chosen charities.
Roz Currie is eager to reflect on the successes of what was “more than a passion project” – the ground-breaking Echoes of Holloway Prison exhibition, which finished a three-month run at Islington Museum last month.
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.