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.

“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

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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.