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Our Autumn Newsletter has been circulated to everyone on the Association mailing list, with information about the church, traffic plans, meetings, tube lines, gardens, schools, events and a couple of photos - enjoy!

Stop Press!  See details of Cloudesley Square resident Kate Glover's new play "Mayflower", by clicking here.

Stop Press Again!  Sue from Richmond Avenue has kindly contributed some fascinating memories of life as a child in years gone by - click here.



Clerestory window under repair showing leaded glass and casement mechanismClick here for the latest (July) post on the Church Restoration blog.  The nave ceiling is finished and some extra repair work is being done to the pinnacles and clerestory windows.






Fanlight Picture CropLesley from Islington Guided Walks has alerted us to a couple of new walks which are part of an Islington Guides Festival to celebrate the end of lockdown, from 19th-27th June.  Here are the details:

Lesley is  leading a further "Tales from the Crypt" guided walk on Thursday 24th June at 6.00-7.30pm, at a much-reduced rate of £6 as part of the Islington Festival of Walks, more information here:

Susan, who was one of the other guides last autumn, is leading a slightly different walk looking at the 500 year legacy of Cloudesley at 12.30-1.30 pm on Tuesday 22nd June, only £5: 

Both walks are part of the Islington Guides Festival running from 19th-27th of June, covering an array of different areas and topics across the borough. The link to all our walks is:


And for those of you thinking about restoring your fanlight to its original glory, here's an article describing how the owner of No 11 Cloudesley Street did just that!

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Plus, hot off the press, a report on the hard hat tours of the nave ceiling - with painted plaster casts!  





Hard HatUpdate to last newsletter - the Diocese are now offering hard hats tours of the new church nave ceiling - details here



New Cross 2The latest newsletter is now available, packed with information about the church, including the latest church renovation blog, as well as news about tube noise, the MET Safer Neighbourhoods Team and events at Kings Cross.  Enjoy!



Church 1 ProcessedWe've updated our main church page with a summary of the Diocese Zoom meeting mentioned below and also details of a brand new website set up by the Diocese to showcase the results of the "Tales from the Crypt" research project - you can visit it directly here: 



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Smiley FaceNew member Jo has kindly sent us this photo of a plane tree on the South side of the Holy Trinity churchyard with an uncanny face hidden in it.  Don't see it?  Click here for help!





Cloudesley Church LogoThe scaffolding has come down from the North side of the church and work has moved inside - read all about it in the latest Church Restoration Blog.  We also have a new article about another old resident buried at Highgate Cemetery - William Craghill (or should that be Crachill?).

Stop Press!  The Diocese will be hosting a Zoom session on the church on Thursday March 11th at 7.00pm.  Details here.  This, and other matters, are included in the latest Newsletter, here.



UpdatesThere hasn't been much breaking news recently because, frankly, not much has been going on!  But we do have a few updates to the website including: Jenny's notes on the Freeman family, who were important landlords in the early days of the Cloudesley Estate, some pictures of the newly restored Church in the gallery, and a celebration of the Cloudesley Square Residents Association, which was active in the 1980s.


Nave Roof Looking WestThe north aisle of the church roof is nearly complete so we've added a new post to the Church Restoration Blog describing how the work was done.  Jenny has also completed research on a new Cloudesley family - the Fairs of Stonefield Street.  And it seems the filming in Cloudesley Square has been postponed indefinitely - pity, I was quite looking forward to it!





CarolsMark Fletcher from the Church on the Corner has emailed to let us know there will be al fresco carols in Thornhill Square on Sunday 20th December at 6.00pm.  Details here.  Wrap up warm and sing your hearts out!



DecemberWe've just circulated a mini-newsletter reminding you all about the next Cloudesley Association meeting next Monday December 7th at 6.30 with details on how to join via Zoom.  Rowena Champion is guest of honour!

And here are the minutes.  Most of the discussion was focused on the new cycle lanes on Liverpool Road.

Also, some mysterious markings have been discovered inside the church!


Tales From Crypt LogoThe Tales from the Crypt Exhibition will reopen in the South aisle of the Church in Cloudesley Square, for a short time only this weekend and next - Saturday and Sunday 11am to 2pm on December 5, 6, 12, 13.  Make sure you drop in.  It's free and it's fun!  See you there.


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Ed 1 copySeveral new articles to entertain and enchant you!  Jenny has been busy with, firstly, an account of George Moss, beadle and sexton at Holy Trinity from 1850 to 1861, and secondly, Tony Douglas, who 100 years later lived in what is now Barnsbury Park in the 1960s when it was virtually a bombsite.  Bringing us up to date is news about our erstwhile church guardian cum director superstar, Ed Watts.  Great photos throughout!


November 2We're spoiling you - yet another newsletter!  Note in particular that we will be holding the next Cloudesley Association meeting, via Zoom, on Monday December 7th at 6.30.  Our Councillor Rowena Champion has kindly agreed to be with us.


From Bedroom 1At last!  The ugly scaffolding has finally been taken down and the fine turrets at the west end of Holy Trinity are revealed again in all their glory with the sunlight glinting off the smart new stainless steel wrapping!  Read all about it in the latest chapter of the church restoration blog, here.


BullRead "Barons of Beef - the Dixon Dynasty" - a great story about another early Cloudesley Estate family who had a big impact on the area.


October 2The latest newsletter has been circulated and is available here.  It includes the sad news that Florence is leaving us to live the dream up in the Lake District.  She has done a magnificent job as secretary over the past few years and will be sadly missed.  I will be attempting to fulfill Florence's secretarial duties in her absence, unless, of course, anyone else wants to take on the job.  Nick


Church With Pedestrians Storer H and J 18 Click here to read a letter which Kevin Rogers from the London Diocese has written to residents with an update on what's happening at the church.  Progress is good, with work started on the North aisles and the turrets, and plans for the crypt.  Kevin and Rosie Fraser will be giving a Zoom talk on this on Thursday 29th October at 6pm with opportunities for residents to ask questions.  Update your diaries!  Details as follows:

Meeting ID:  722 627 9564       Password:  041293

Update 30.10.20 : the zoom meeting has now taken place and you can read about it here.

Tales From Crypt LogoThree outputs from the Tales From the Crypt research are now available to residents in the form of an Exhibition in the church, evening Zoom Talks and a new Islington Guided Walk.  All highly recommended - see here for details.  Also, the latest article in the church restoration blog, describing the completion of the work on the south aisle, where the Exhibition is now housed.


September 3Amanda and Florence have circulated the latest Cloudesley Association Newsletter, with proposals for "Low Traffic Neighbourhoods", an update on Thornhill Gardens, more on the restoration work at Holy Trinity Church and the associated "Tales From the Crypt" project, a link to a marvellous documentary about Milner Square, and several other items of local interest.  The website continues to be updated; we have a new Thornhill Gardens Photo Gallery, an article on Sidney Bridgman's Memoirs about local life in the 50s and 60s, and a link to a book about "The Cats of Cloudesley Square"!  Enjoy.



LIDAR Map 1See London as you've never seen it before with these LIDAR maps from Layers of London.  Also, after many false starts, I've finally got the "Smart Search" facility to work - try typing a word or phrase into the box below the banner above then click "Search" and see what happens.



New Stuff Older Persons

Like many of us, the website has been poorly recently, but it's now out of intensive care and there's lots of new stuff (mostly, but not exclusively for older persons!) - and from a variety of new contributors - thank you all.  We have new History articles on People (Jevon Harper, the Bridgman Family, Tony Blair (!)) and Places (the Metropolitan Cattle Market (and Don McCullin)).  The section on Thornhill Gardens is regularly updated and there's new material under Dove Brothers.  And there's a new "Blog" on the progress of the Church Restoration which already has three posts, with lots of photos kindly shared by the contractors Fullers Builders (no, not the brewery!) - fascinating if you're interested in architectural heritage.  Enjoy, and keep those contributions coming!




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To cheer us up during this time of lockdown, here's an old newspaper article from 1990 about the Celestials who used to be in Holy Trinity Church in Cloudesley Square.




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We've set up a new Coronavirus section of the website under "The Area" heading, here.  So far, it includes general advice about the virus, information about the Caledonian and Barnsbury Covid 19 Mutual Aid Group, advice on Coronavirus-related scams from Neighbourhood Watch, and a leaflet from Islington Council.  Keep safe and remember to wash those hands!



Latest newsletter attached.  The version here on the website is a slightly updated version of the one which was circulated recently and includes some new details about Holy Trinity church.  In particular, note that there will be an Exhibition starting on March 19th at the Islington Museum on St Johns St featuring research carried out by member volunteers into past residents buried in the church crypt.  Do please pay it a visit!  We've also made a couple of additions to the website.  Kieran Garvey has written a really interesting and detailed report into Henry Buckler, who was a pillar of the Cloudesley community in the first half of the 19th century.  And we've added a section on Cloudesley Pubs, Past and Present.  If you have any stories to tell about your favourite boozers, especially those which no longer exist, this is the place to share them!




BAFTA triumphEd Watts, our guardian at Holy Trinity, has now won Best Documentary at the BAFTAs for his film "For Sama".  He was also nominated for the same award at the Oscars, but "we wus robbed".  Congratulations Ed!



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We've recently been contacted by Islington Neighbourhood Watch who have provided us with various useful documents which you can find here.  





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More website reorganisation.  I've added a new piece on the history of the Cloudesley Estate and the role played by the local charitable trust Cloudesley in the introduction to the "History" section, expanded "About Us" and added to "Maps" (try using the LMA website facility to examine in detail what the Cloudesley Estate looked like just before building began in 1817 - fascinating!).  Apologies for any bugs which may have appeared.  Nick



Amanda and Florence have published the latest Cloudesley Association newsletter, here, full of festive facts.  Also various additions to the website, particularly under "History", and "The Area" - for example a gory postscript to our piece on Thornhill Gardens!  Also an update on the tube noise issue.




I've been reorganising the website.  "History" is a new menu item with the contents of the old Cloudesley History article (which was getting too big) broken up into smaller bits, while the contents of the old "Projects" menu item have been reassigned mostly to "The Area".  Also several other changes.  I hope you like the new version.  If not, or if you spot any bugs or have suggestions for a better organisation, please let me know.  Nick



11 17 Cloudesley Square 1961Jenny and I have been busy adding much new local historical research to the website.  Jenny has transcribed all census records for the whole of Stonefield St (!) and you can see the results here, together with a number of analyses of the data (the street declined massively - believe it or not, one house had 27 occupants in 1911, and several had more than 20!).  She has followed this up with detailed family histories of two residents with family members buried in the crypt.  Meanwhile, I have completed a "House Through Time" history of my own house, 16 Cloudesley Square - Nick.



A star is born!  Did you know we have a famous filmmaker in our midst?  Ed Watts has made a superb film about Syria - "For Sama" - which has won several awards, including at Cannes, and has been attracting the most glowing reviews - check it out here.  Believe it or not, Ed and his wife Olivia are guardians in Holy Trinity Church - they tell me it's quite cosy in there!




Latest newsletter and minutes from the meeting held on May 21.  Also various additions to the Cloudesley History section, a great picture of the Catalpa tree in bloom at the top of Cloudesley Road, and what to do if you're experiencing tube noise from the Victoria line which runs under the Cloudesley Estate.


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Update.  They've gone!  Like thieves in the night!  They were there in force this morning then when we looked mid-afternoon - not a trace.  Where did they go?  Spooky!

Invasion of the Killer Bees!  A giant swarm of bees has taken up residence in the tree outside our house on the East side of Cloudesley Square!  Local bee experts have advised doing nothing for a couple of days, then if the bees haven't moved on they'll come round and deal with them - hopefully humanely.  Meanwhile neighbours are advised to keep their windows shut!


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Does anyone have any information about Cloudesley Physically Handicapped (PH) School, which occupied the Dowrey Street site from 1909 to 1972, when it was demolished and replaced with, first Samuel Rhodes School, and then the current Bridge ILS and New River College PRU?  We've been contacted by Peter Lambert, who was a pupil there during the war years from 1940 to 1951.  He has kindly shared his memories of the school with us and you can read his fascinating account here.



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Yet more Cloudesley History!  Learn about another Islington family who appear in the Holy Trinity burial records, the Snees, and also an article on Gentrification and how it played out on the Cloudesley Estate!







Latest newsletter including date of next meeting: Tuesday May 21 at 6.30 in the Drapers Arms - be there! 



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Important news!  The Diocese have received funding for a project to research the history of Holy Trinity church and are calling for volunteers to help.  Read all about it here.



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More Cloudesley History, including Families Buried in the Church, Cloudesley War Dead, the Reverend Fell, and Alf Hutt.  Fascinating stuff!






Check out the latest Newsletter for March.  It includes a reference to a draft "Legal Scheme" from the Church Commissioners, regarding the Diocese's proposals for the restoration of Holy Trinity Church.  You can study the relevant documents here.  If you wish to make a formal representation for or against the draft scheme, or you believe the Association should do so, there is a deadline of April 14 2019.



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Check out Jenny's latest remarkable works of local history:  "Hunting Ghosts - Cloudesley Road - Past and Present", and also "Gold Dust - Born and Bred in Cloudesley Road".  We've also added several more items to the "Cloudesley History" project.




We have updated the website with a major new section on Cloudesley History.  You can download Holy Trinity Church records of Births, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials of past Cloudesley Estate residents and well as census records for every house in Cloudesley Square from 1841 to 1911 (check out who lived in your house in past years!).  It's a great story!  This is a work in progress and we urge all residents to get in touch with any related information they may have, to enrich our understanding of this fascinating part of London.


Amanda and Florence have just emailed out the latest Newsletter - check out what's happening here.




A list of famous or otherwise interesting past residents of the Cloudesley area (work in progress).



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More about maps, cricket, tea gardens and Booth's poverty maps.





December Newsletter just out - lots to report on the church and much besides!



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Check out this old map of the area in 1830 by cartographers C&J Greenwood.  A lot's changed!




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In the early 1970s Artist Glynn Boyd Harte and his wife Carrie moved into the then dilapidated house at 28 Cloudesley Square, renovated it in Regency style and subsequently presided over a "young fogey bohemian" social set in pre-gentrification Islington.  Read about their story here.



An Islington Life!  Local resident Jenny Tatton has discovered the fascinating story of Charles Mason Sharpe whose coffin rests in the crypt of Holy Trinity Church.  Read about it here or go direct to Jenny's research here.



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Attention tree lovers!  I've added a new section about Street Trees under About the Area, here, and also included some pictures of notable local trees in all their autumnal glory in the Gallery, here.  Enjoy, Nick!







#4 N10HT 2020-07-31 08:44
Fascinating! Barnsbury is the foothills of hampstead heath!
#3 Nick 2020-07-16 12:20
You're very kind Gillian!
#2 Gillian 2020-07-16 12:19
The local history research is fascinating! So much work!
#1 Guest 2019-10-19 19:54
Great website!

So much information.

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