Our Camden branch on York Way lies on the cusp of Camden and Islington – so we thought what better topic for our blog than to share a little of the history of our very near neighbour.
Whilst Islington might be London’s second smallest borough (and at 324th – the UK’s third smallest district) by geographical area isn’t second smallest in much else. With an impressive 221,030 people it’s 252 places further up the list – in 72nd – when it comes to how many people live there. Now whilst we could simply quote geographical stats at you, that would be a little dull. So here’s a potted history of the borough…
Islington’s first mention – as Giseldone – was recorded in an Anglo-Saxon charter around 1000A.D. The name evolved to Gislandune apparently meaning ‘Gisla’s hill’, but the area didn’t resemble the Islington we know today. Described as wild bear and bull country it was a savage and hostile forest. Around 1086 (mentioned in The Domesday book) the name evolved further into Isendone, then Iseldone, which was used throughout the Middle Ages.
By the 17th Century Islington had become a fully fledged Village – and for a considerable time became famous for its Dairy herds – providing products to London’s growing population. But as the industrial revolution took hold in the 18th Century – first with canals, then the Railways – Islington’s industry changed. By the 19th Century Britain’s Victorian Empire and consequent wealth saw it consumed as a London suburb, developed into the brick terraces that are all too familiar today.
Islington in 2015 is a far cry from 1000 years ago – when it was a small hamlet in a wood where you could get eaten by a Bear, or gorged by a Wild Bull – the closest you’ll get these days is a gourmet burger at Byron.
And if you’re one of the 221,030 Islingtonians crammed into this small patch of land, you might be in need a of a little extra storage space – if that’s the case, we’re just over the road on York Way with our unbeatable value storage units.