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.
A chatty Big Issue seller who died alone in a hostel room. A table tennis-playing “teddy bear” who killed himself. At least four people who were homeless in Islington have died over the last 12 months, but no one is recording their deaths.
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.
There has been a troubling amount of news coverage regarding the rise in violent crimes in recent weeks, much of it taking place in inner city London, including Islington, and almost always involving young men.
Tomorrow is the 10th anniversary of Ben Kinsella’s murder. His sister, Brooke, spoke frankly to James Morris about the impact it continues to have on her family and the state of knife crime in Islington in 2018.
It’s hard to imagine now, but the Cally used to have one of the world’s most famous markets. One day you could buy a coffin, the next you’d see a rampaging bull on the loose. The Gazette trawls the archives and tells the story of the market from 1852 to 1964.
Spear Islington has spent a year providing young people with the skills they need to find work. To mark its first birthday. The Gazette spoke to two of the Cally project’s most recent graduates to find out how it kickstarted their careers.