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Islington Plaques

Islington has more plaques than you might think. You can use these pages to explore some of the personalities and events that are commemorated with plaques in the borough.

Islington’s green heritage plaques commemorate significant people, places and events within the borough. With the Islington People's Plaques scheme we are commemorating more people every year.

Islington People's Plaques 2014/2015

We had a record number of people voting for the 2014/2015 Islington People’s Plaques scheme - 6,736 in total.

The three winners were:

  • Mary Tealby (1801-1865) - 2,415 votes
  • North London Synagogue - 835 votes
  • Nina Bawden (1925-2012) - 817 votes

and their plaques were unveiled in 2015. See photographs and information about our recent unveilings.

About the winners:  

Mary Tealby (1801-1865)

Founder of ‘The Home for Lost and Starving Dogs’ (later becoming ‘Battersea Cats and Dogs Home’)

Freightliners Farm, Sheringham Road, London, N7 (nearest buildings to original site of 15/16 Hollingsworth Street)

Mary Tealby had been a supporter of the RSPCA for some years and decided she wanted to do something positive about the number of lost, stray and abandoned dogs in London.  Helped by celebrity supporters such as Lady Millicent Barber, Charles Dickens and the RSPCA, the ‘Home for Lost and Starving Dogs’ opened in November 1860 in stables behind 15 and 16 Hollingsworth Street - which is now where Freightliners Farm is located. By 1865 Mary’s health was failing and she went to live with relatives in Biggleswade. She died there on 3 October 1865. The Home continued to operate in Holloway until larger premises in south London were found. It opened in 1871, accepted cats from 1883 and continues to operate to this day as Battersea Cats and Dogs Home.

North London Synagogue 

Banes Court, Lofting Road, N1

During the 18th, 19th and early 20th century Islington had one of the largest Jewish communities of England. In 1868 the North London Synagogue was built for the community on Lofting Road (formally John Street West). Due to bomb damage in the 2nd World War and the dwindling community's lack of funds the synagogue was demolished with a council estate built in its place. The Jewish community was the first significant migrant community to live in Islington and there is no notable display of this important historical community currently in the borough.

Nina Bawden (1925-2012)

Author and Campaigner for Railway Safety
Noel Road (lived there 1976-2012)

Nina was born and grew up in London and lived at 22 Noel Road from 1976 until her death in 2012. She was the author of many books for adults and children, some drawing on her life in Islington. Her most famous book was Carrie's War, a moving and entertaining story based on her experience of being evacuated from London to South Wales at the start of the Second World War. Nina was seriously injured in the Potters Bar train crash in 2002 in which her husband, Austen, and 6 other people were killed. She campaigned tirelessly to make the railways safer and to hold those responsible for the accident to account. Success came when it was recognised that poor maintenance in the private sector had been the cause of the accident, and routine maintenance of the railways is now the responsibility of Network Rail.

For a full list of Islington’s plaques, blue, green and others look at our A-Z list of plaques.

iBeaken Plaques Trail

If you'd like to find out a little bit more about the plaques in Islington then why not take this fantastic trail by visiting: