London Borough of Islington

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London Borough of Islington
London borough

Coat of arms

Council logo
Islington shown within Greater London
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionLondon
Ceremonial countyGreater London
StatusLondon borough
Admin HQUpper Street, Islington
Incorporated1 April 1965
Government
 • TypeLondon borough council
 • BodyIslington London Borough Council
 • LeadershipLeader & Cabinet (Labour)
 • MayorCllr Jilani Chowdhury
 • MPsJeremy Corbyn
Emily Thornberry
 • London AssemblyJennette Arnold AM for North East
 • EU ParliamentLondon
Area
 • Total5.74 sq mi (14.86 km2)
Area rank324th (of 326)
Population (2011 est.)
 • Total206,300
 • Rank77th (of 326)
 • Density36,000/sq mi (14,000/km2)
 • Ethnicity[1]

47.7% White British
3.9% White Irish
0.1% White Gypsy or Irish Traveller
16.4% Other White
2.1% White & Black Caribbean
0.9% White & Black African
1.4% White & Asian
2.1% Other Mixed
1.7% Indian
0.5% Pakistani
2.3% Bangladeshi
2.2% Chinese
2.6% Other Asian
6.1% Black African
3.9% Black Caribbean
2.8% Other Black
0.9% Arab

2.4% Other
Time zoneGMT (UTC0)
 • Summer (DST)BST (UTC+1)
PostcodesEC, N, WC
Area code(s)020
Police forceMetropolitan Police
Websitewww.islington.gov.uk
 
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London Borough of Islington
London borough

Coat of arms

Council logo
Islington shown within Greater London
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionLondon
Ceremonial countyGreater London
StatusLondon borough
Admin HQUpper Street, Islington
Incorporated1 April 1965
Government
 • TypeLondon borough council
 • BodyIslington London Borough Council
 • LeadershipLeader & Cabinet (Labour)
 • MayorCllr Jilani Chowdhury
 • MPsJeremy Corbyn
Emily Thornberry
 • London AssemblyJennette Arnold AM for North East
 • EU ParliamentLondon
Area
 • Total5.74 sq mi (14.86 km2)
Area rank324th (of 326)
Population (2011 est.)
 • Total206,300
 • Rank77th (of 326)
 • Density36,000/sq mi (14,000/km2)
 • Ethnicity[1]

47.7% White British
3.9% White Irish
0.1% White Gypsy or Irish Traveller
16.4% Other White
2.1% White & Black Caribbean
0.9% White & Black African
1.4% White & Asian
2.1% Other Mixed
1.7% Indian
0.5% Pakistani
2.3% Bangladeshi
2.2% Chinese
2.6% Other Asian
6.1% Black African
3.9% Black Caribbean
2.8% Other Black
0.9% Arab

2.4% Other
Time zoneGMT (UTC0)
 • Summer (DST)BST (UTC+1)
PostcodesEC, N, WC
Area code(s)020
Police forceMetropolitan Police
Websitewww.islington.gov.uk

The London Borough of Islington Listeni/ˈɪzlɪŋtən/ is a London borough in Inner London. It was formed in 1965 by merging the former metropolitan boroughs of Islington and Finsbury. The borough contains two Westminster parliamentary constituencies, Islington North and Islington South & Finsbury. The local authority is Islington Council.

Etymology[edit]

Islington was originally named by the Saxons Giseldone (1005), then Gislandune (1062). The name means 'Gīsla's hill' from the Old English personal name Gīsla and dun 'hill', 'down'. The name then later mutated to Isledon, which remained in use well into the 17th century when the modern form arose.[2] In medieval times, Islington was just one of many small manors in the area, along with Bernersbury, Neweton Berewe or Hey-bury, and Canonesbury (Barnsbury, Highbury and Canonbury - names first recorded in the 13th and 14th centuries). "Islington" came to be applied as the name for the parish covering these villages, and was the name chosen for the Metropolitan Borough of Islington, on its formation in 1899. On the merger with Finsbury, to form the modern borough this name came to be applied to the whole borough.

Districts of Islington[edit]

The borough includes the areas:

Wards[edit]

Government and infrastructure[edit]

The Civil Aviation Authority has its head office in the CAA House in Islington, London Borough of Islington.[3]

Islington Council is the borough's local authority. The mayor is cllr Twariq Chowdhury, the first Bangladeshi mayor of Islington. It is a London borough council, one of 32 in the United Kingdom capital. Islington is divided into 16 wards, each electing three councillors.[4] Following the May 2010 election, Islington Council comprises 35 Labour Party councillors and 13 Liberal Democrat councillors.[5] The council was created by the London Government Act 1963 and replaced two local authorities: Finsbury Metropolitan Borough Council and Islington Metropolitan Borough Council.

Transport[edit]

Islington Town Hall

Islington has a wide variety of transportation services, with direct connections to the suburbs and the City and West End. Islington also has ten tube stations within its boundaries, with connections by the tube to all around London.

London Underground[edit]

There are ten Underground stations in the borough:

These stations principally serve the Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines. Farringdon station is also served by the Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines.

London Overground stations[edit]

There are also several London Overground stations in the borough. They are as follows:

Railway stations[edit]

There are several railway stations in the borough. They are as follows:

Travel to work[edit]

In March 2011, the main forms of transport that residents used to travel to work were: underground, metro, light rail, tram, 19.4% of all residents aged 16-74; bus, minibus or coach, 10.3%; on foot, 10.3%; bicycle, 6.2%; driving a car or van, 6.0%; train, 3.7%; work mainly at or from home, 3.6%.[6]

Major public and private bodies in Islington[edit]

Prisons[edit]

There are two prisons in Islington, a men's prison, HM Prison Pentonville and a women's prison HM Prison Holloway, which in the early 20th century was used to hold many suffragettes. Some of the notable former inmates of Pentonville prison have been as follows.

Cultural attractions and institutions in Islington[edit]

The Islington N1 Centre.

Farm[edit]

Holloway in Islington is home to Freightliners City Farm which is one of the many city farms throughout London. The farm, which isn't like an industrial farm, contains a wide range of animals from rabbits to cows to chickens and pigs all free for the public to view.

Demographics[edit]

Population
YearPop.  ±%  
180165,721—    
181183,679+27.3%
1821108,333+29.5%
1831137,271+26.7%
1841162,717+18.5%
1851214,090+31.6%
1861266,010+24.3%
1871317,930+19.5%
1881369,850+16.3%
1891397,799+7.6%
1901405,301+1.9%
1911412,944+1.9%
1921401,054−2.9%
1931389,513−2.9%
1941324,143−16.8%
1951269,743−16.8%
1961232,258−13.9%
1971200,022−13.9%
1981157,512−21.3%
1991173,384+10.1%
2001175,787+1.4%
2011206,125+17.3%
Source: A Vision of Britain through time

In 1801, the civil parishes that form the modern borough had a total population of 65,721. This rose steadily throughout the 19th century, as the district became built up; exceeding 200,000 in the middle of the century. When the railways arrived the rate of population growth increased — reaching nearly 400,000 by the turn of the century; with the Metropolitan Borough of Finsbury particularly suffering deprivation, poverty and severe overcrowding. The increase in population peaked before World War I, falling slowly in the aftermath until World War II began an exodus from London towards the new towns under the Abercrombie Plan for London (1944). The decline in population reversed in the 1980s, but it remains below its 1971 level.

According to the 2001 census Islington had a population of 175,797. It was 75% White, including 5% White Irish, 6% Black African, 5% Black Caribbean and 2% Bangladeshi. 32% of the borough's residents were owner–occupiers.

According to the 2011 census, Islington has the highest population density of local authorities in England and Wales - 13,875 people per km2.[8]

Education[edit]

Universities[edit]

The London Borough of Islington is home to two higher education institutions:

Colleges[edit]

The borough also currently contains two colleges of further education:

The Musical Theatre Academy is a private performing arts college located in Islington.

Schools[edit]

The borough currently maintains 47 primary schools, 10 secondary schools, three special schools and five Pupil Referral Units. In 2000, Cambridge Education Associates, a private firm, took over the management of the Islington's state schools from the local education authority.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°32′N 0°08′W / 51.533°N 0.133°W / 51.533; -0.133