Vote for your favourite Islington Person of all time
By abi_silvester | Thursday, February 03, 2011, 15:05
A while ago we mentioned that a new commemorative plaque scheme was being launched in Islington, celebrating the lives of past residents who've done something extraordinary. And now, a short-list of nominations has been drawn up so you can vote for the Islington figure who you think most deserves to be remembered with a plaque. Read on for the shortlist...
A 1910 Punch cartoon depicts Edith Garrud - "the suffragette that knew Jiu jitsu"
Douglas Adams (1952-2001), writer and dramatist, of Duncan Terrace, N1. Douglas Adams was best known for his Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
radio series and books, which inspired TV and film adaptations and
include frequent references to Islington. He moved to Upper Street in
1981 and to Duncan Terrace in the late 1980s.
Edith Margaret Garrud (1872-1971), Suffragette and teacher of ju jitsu, of Thornhill Square, N1. Edith Garrud, a self-defence instructor who taught ju jitsu, was one of
the first professional martial arts instructors in the western world.
She trained other Suffragettes to protect themselves from the police and
she and her husband ran a school of ju jitsu on Seven Sisters Road.
Crystal Hale (1915-1999), boat club pioneer, of Noel Road and Canonbury Square, N1. Crystal Hale lived in Islington for almost 50 years. She led a campaign
to save the City Road Basin from being filled in and founded Islington
Boat Club, the Angel Community Canal Boat Trust and Angel Canal
Florence Keen (1868-1942), founder of North Islington Welfare Centre.
Florence Keen founded the North Islington Infant Welfare Centre and
School for Mothers in 1913. At that time, the infant mortality rate in
Islington was over 10 per cent and Keen worked to prevent disease and
death among women and children by educating mothers.
Mary Kingsley (1862-1900), writer and explorer, born at Tavistock Terrace, N19. Mary Kingsley was a Victorian explorer who travelled to Central and West Africa and greatly influenced European ideas about Africa and African people.
Thomas Lipton (1850-1931), businessman and philanthropist, Alexandra Dining Rooms, City Road, EC1. Thomas Lipton, founder of Lipton Tea, established offices on Bath
Street, near City Road. He built an empire of shops and factories,
including outlets in Islington and Clerkenwell. As a philanthropist, he
sponsored the Alexandra Trust Dining Rooms on City Road, donating
£100,000 'to provide people of humbler means with a restaurant conducted
on generous lines'.
John Wright (1907-1991), founder of the Little Angel Theatre, Dagmar Passage, N1. John Wright founded the Little Angel Puppet Theatre in a derelict
temperance hall in 1961. Since then, the company has developed an
Finally, the scheme aims to celebrate some of Islington's most significant buildings, as well as the sites of its most important historical events. They include:
The Angel Inn, Islington High Street, N1. This public house dates back to the 17th century and possibly as early
as the 15th century and gave the Angel area its name. Islington was an
important staging post for coaches travelling north from London and the
pub is mentioned as a coaching stop in Charles Dickens' Sketches by Boz
and Oliver Twist.
Bombing of Dame Alice Owen's Girls' School during the Blitz.
The basement of Dame Alice Owen's school was used as a public air raid
shelter. On 15 October 1940 around 150 people were in the shelter when
the building suffered a direct hit just after 8pm and over 100 people
were killed. The Centre for Applied Studies, City & Islington
College, EC1 now occupies this site.
The Peasants' Revolt (1381), Highbury Park, N5.
The Peasants' Revolt was triggered by opposition to an unpopular poll
tax and in 1381, Wat Tyler, Jack Straw and their fellow rebels had their
final major rally in Islington.
Has that helped you make a decision? You can cast your vote online up until 28th February.