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18 September 2014
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Tracking a street through time

Find out more about a high street's past by finding the signs that tells its story. Choose a date and then select an image on the right to discover more about Upper Street's history

1811 | 1908 | 2001

Upper Street, Islington, London (1811)

History of a high street

detail from 1811 engraving showing sheep being herded down Upper Street

Islington's Upper Street was originally a medieval thoroughfare which would have led to the bustling London markets a few miles to the south. Urbanisation, the Industrial Revolution and Victorian town planning have all left their mark.

Select a date from the top of the page and an image from the right to find out more.

Medieval origins
The church as focal point
Fashionable Georgian residences
From stagecoach to omnibus
A cobbled thoroughfare
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