Voting opens for next Islington People’s plaque
Voting is open for the next member of Islington’s great and good to be honoured with a people’s plaque.
The shortlist of green plaque candidates, picked from public suggestions last year, include a suffragette, a fashion designer and a music studio.
This is the second year the council is asking the public to vote for those who deserve a plaque.
Previous winners include women’s rights campaigner Mary Wollstoncraft and the Keskidee Centre, which was damaged by fire last month.
Cllr Catherine West, leader of Islington Council, said: “Our 12 shortlisted nominees read like an eclectic roll call of Islington’s vibrant history and contribution to life in the capital and further afield.
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“We’ll continue to recognise those who have shaped the borough we know today and I am looking forward to announcing this year’s winners later this summer.”
n Votes can be cast until April 10 in person at the Islington Local History Centre, Finsbury Library, in St John Street, Finsbury or online at www.islington.gov.uk/peoplesplaque.
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- Isabella Beeton, 1836-1865. Cook and author, who went to school in Colebrook Row and in 1861 published Mrs Beeton’s book of Household Management.
- The Angel Inn, Islington High Street (now a Co-op bank) is mentioned as a coaching stop in Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.
- Catherine Griffiths, 1885-1988. A suffragette and campaigner of Finsbury, she was a councillor from 1937-1965 and mayor in 1960.
- Alexander McQueen, 1969-2010. Fashion designer from Highbury and chief designer at Givenchy.
- Jack Kennedy, 1935-2003. Human rights campaigner of Drayton Park. His work helped to release the Birmingham Six and Guilford Four.
- Michael Faraday, 1791-1867. Chemist and physicist of Barnsbury Grove.
- Dame Alice Owen’s Girls’ School. The basement was used as an air raid shelter until October 15, 1940, when a direct hit killed more than 100 people. Now part of City and Islington College.
- Alexander Aubert, 1730-1805. Amateur astronomer and businessman bought Highbury House in the 1780s and built a large observatory and gardens on the site.
- The White Conduit Cricket Club. Founded in the 1780s near Chapel Market, it was the forerunner to the Marylebone Cricket Club.
- Cyril Mann, 1911-1980. Artist from Cruikshank Street, known for his work inspired by post-war London.
- Florence Keen, 1868-1942, Founder of the North Islington Welfare Centre, Holloway, in 1913. Now the Manor Gardens Welfare Trust.
-Wessex Sound Studios, Highbury New Park, 1960s to 2003. The Clash recorded their LP London Calling there and it was used by The Sex Pistols, Queen and the Rolling Stones.