About the Area

Articles about the area - buildings, history, residents past and present - all contributions welcome!



C&J Greenwood London Map 1830

Christopher (1786–1855) and John Greenwood (fl.1821–1840) were brother cartographers who produced large-scale maps of England and Wales in the 1820s. Their partnership began in 1821, using the imprint "C.&J.Greenwood".

You can see a magnificent version of their large scale map of London in 1830 online, here


Barnsbury Housing Association (BHA) provides quality affordable rented accommodation at many sites within Barnsbury such as the award-winning Morland Mews off Lofting Road.  It recently celebrated its 50th anniversary and on its website (see here) you can find a splendid video celebrating the years since it was founded in 1967 as well as an informative timeline.

Apart from this, BHA is of interest to our community for two other reasons, documented in more detail elsewhere on our own website.


BHA Building

Firstly, BHA is now housed at Cloudesley House, 16A Cloudesley Street - the same "neat edifice in a pointed style" which was opened in 1830 as Trinity School and later became the Elizabeth Whitelaw Reid Club, commemorated in Holy Trinity Church (see here for details).

Kenneth Pring


Secondly, BHA was co-founded by Kenneth Pring, an architect hailed as "the man who saved Islington" who played a key part in the "gentrification" process which eventually resulted in the area we know and love today (read the full gentrification story here).



As two organisations with a common interest in the local community, we hope BHA and the Cloudesley Association will work side by side in the years to come.



Glynn Boyd Harte (1948 – 2003) was a celebrated artist and contemporary of David Hockney – their styles are in some instances quite similar. In the early 1970s he moved with his wife Caroline, herself an artist, into a dilapidated house at 28 Cloudesley Square (on the West corner with Stonefield Street) which they then renovated in Regency style. The paintings below show a view of Holy Trinity Church through the first floor window of this house, and the house itself with the artists on the roof!

Harte Interior

Carrie Harte House 28CS



















Judging from the extracts below, "GBH" was a colourful character and the Boyd Hartes were entertaining if somewhat eccentric hosts during their time in Cloudesley Square.  The stories and images perhaps give a flavour of what life must have been like in this part of Islington as the process of "gentrification" was just starting.


Charles MasonthorpeBurial Records

 In 1813, Charles Mason Sharpe was born in Chapel Street, now Chapel Market.  He died in 1849 at the tender age of 36 in Dalston and his coffin was laid in the crypt of Holy Trinity Church in Cloudesley Square, next to that of his father Joseph, who had died four months earlier.  I published a photo of the plaque on the coffin on this website 168 years later (see here), where it was noticed by Cloudesley Road resident Jenny Tatton.  Intrigued, Jenny started researching Charles' life and ended up uncovering the story of an Islington family who were born, baptised, lived, worked and died locally.  You can read the whole fascinating story here.  


Does anyone else have similar stories of former local residents?  Let me know and I'll preserve them for posterity here on the website.

Sweetgum CR102Our area is blessed with a profusion of superb trees which look particularly good now in their autumnal colours.  So before the wind blows all the leaves away, I've been out with my camera to capture a selection of especially good specimens for the Gallery - see here.



Church Cloudesley Square 1939

More Cloudesley Images.  There's a wonderful website called Collage at collage.cityoflondon.gov.uk. To quote: "Collage is one of London’s finest picture archives. Managed by London Metropolitan Archives (LMA), it provides free online access to over 250,000 images of London from the collections at LMA and Guildhall Art Gallery." Here are some results of typing "cloudesley" into the search bar.

The Cloudesley area is home to a surprising variety of animals and birds.  Some are a blessing, some are pests.  This page includes relevant information.


Doves Yard InsideJust on the right as you approach the West face of Holy Trinity Church in Cloudesley Square is the entrance to Dove’s Yard, which was converted into a residential mews about 10 years ago.



Nick BlackNick Black lives in Stonefield Street and is the author of the acclaimed  Walking London’s Medical History.  The following extracts from his book describe two properties in the area with interesting medical links.