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)
1811 - the church as focal point
Perhaps the only constant feature on Upper Street through the ages is St Mary's church, which dominates the skyline. However, this is not the original building. The medieval church in Islington, which may have dated back to the 12th century, was demolished in 1751.
The present church was built in 1754 and was therefore relatively new when the engraving was made. It is likely that some of the buildings to the right of the picture are much older, perhaps dating back to the 17th or early 18th century.