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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

You wouldn't know it walking past today, but in the early 1980s 225 Seven Sisters Road was the centre of the UK's emerging Black-Art scene.

Police raided a flat in Upper Holloway and arrested a man who had 800 postage stamps stuffed into the pocket of his jeans, this week 60 years ago.

A timely collection of family photos showing Anne Frank's life before the Nazi's took it is being exhibited at Central Library.

A disabled pensioner had his beloved dog "stolen" while visiting his father at the Whittington Hospital on Friday.

Do we have a homeless problem or a problem with homeless people? An event at Union Chapel will ask just that, as well as screening a documentary about the making of a shelter and putting on performances from the Museum of Homelessness.

M. Manze's traditional pie and mash treats are returning to Islington - six-months after the historic Chapel Market store closed.

An independent walking club marked its centenary this week by unveiling a waymark in Caledonian Park in a nod to the area's cattle market heritage.

Plans are in place to finish building a Holloway church 150 years after a lack of cash halted its construction - but not everyone is happy with the idea.

The opening of a forgotten 400-seat underground theatre beneath Islington Green has been thrown into doubt once again.

It's 50 years since the Peter Bedford Housing Association was founded off the back of a project set up by a Pentonville Prison officer to boost ex-offenders' self-worth. Emma Bartholomew speaks to an original tenant who remembers the pioneering, supportive communities established as a result

The Canal & River Trust is calling on the community to head down to City Road Basin for an "amazing" festival on September 1.

Plans to convert a historical workhouse and hospital into homes will be "one of the most important decisions the planning committee ever makes," a councillor has claimed.

To mark the centenary of the 1919 Housing Act, which paved the way for the widespread roll-out of social homes, Islington's housing chief took us on a tour of flats being built on the Redbrick Estate, outlining what he says is the council's vision for the future of the sector. Lucas Cumiskey wore a hard hat (on the hottest day of the year)

The man behind - or rather inside - Zippy from Rainbow launched his autobiography last night at the Islington theatre that gave him his big break.

People in Islington are invited to a free exhibition celebrating the heritage of Regent's Canal on September 1.

The campaigner who wrote a book detailing the history of Finsbury Park is to update it to mark its 150th birthday.

When a tonne of "buzz bomb" TNT exploded on Highbury Corner it fatally injured a young mum - but she managed to push her baby daughter to safety.

Islington's soldiers, veterans and cadets were honoured through a range of events last week.

Current and former students of an Archway secondary school chatted about their shared experiences at a party to celebrate its 140th birthday last week.

A star performer from Southgate Road will finally spring forward from her better known rival's shadow in a feminist revision of history next month - more than a century after she died.

Alumni of Tufnell Park Primary School have a chance to relive their memories of discos in the hall and reunite with old classmates before the 1955 building is bulldozed to make way for new facilities.

Staff at Union Chapel have begun trawling through an array of archive material dating back to the building's 19th century origins, also featuring plenty of signed posters, scribbled notes and ticket stubs from concerts which took place in the years since 1992.

Some 600 people celebrated the "fascinating heritage" of their Caledonian Park Clock Tower when the restored asset was officially opened on Saturday.

Suffragettes learning jiu-jitsu to fight cops, an MP going behind fascist lines to deliver vital medical aid and Britain's first black community centre where Bob Marley filmed Is This Love - are all part of Islington's rich history.

More than 500 members of the Turkish community came together on Newington Green on Sunday to commemorate 100 years since the start of the war of independence.

A mystical rabbi story, beguiling folk music and free mixed-martial art lessons will feature at the Big Jewish Summer Fete in Highbury Fields next month.

Dr Eric Fletcher, the MP for East Islington asked the Home Secretary in the House of Commons whether he would reconsider whether to give the public notice of the time fixed for a pending execution, this week 60 years ago.

Volunteer historical detectives are needed to help uncover the forgotten lives of people buried beneath a former Canonbury church.

The owners of a revered rock venue today thanked Islington Council for assurances it will help safeguard the site in the event of Highbury & Islington Station being expanded.

The community is "split 50-50" after an "iconic" skateboard ramp was ripped out of the abandoned railway track linking Finsbury Park and Highgate by Islington Council earlier this month.

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.

More than a century after the stars of music hall graced its stage, the Rosemary Branch Tavern on the Regent's Canal is bringing it back for two special nights.

George Baddeley, 62, of Islington Guided Walks, charts how the Angel grew from a rural settlement just outside London into the home of clowning kings, pleasure gardens, music halls and more.

The sky above Hornsey was lit up with lanterns to celebrate the birthday of a beloved Islington teacher who died after being hit by a van in December.

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.

Islington Council is celebrating LGBT History Month with "an amazing spread of activities" to honour the borough's proud history.

Islington is Labour's heartland with a proud tradition of left-wing politics dating back to its origins as an outskirts-town where radicals and industrialists converged to conspire.

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.

The Finsbury Park HQ of an "iconic" family framing business is to shut, with its premises earmarked for office space.

The large archway, Edwardian-Baroque facade and distinctive bullseye windows make 44-45 Newington Green one of the square's most recognisable buildings.

A photographer who grew up exploring Chapel Market and eating at it's famous "Pie 'N' Mash" shop has documented memories of the business ahead of its closure in March.

On what would have been David Bowie's 72nd birthday, we look back at his legendary performances as alter-ego Ziggy Stardust at the Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park, in 1972.

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.

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