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Historic Images

Photograph of Islington High Street, circa 1903The Local History Centre holds a large collection of historic images of Islington and Finsbury.

These images are a valuable resource for family and local history, as well as research on social history, architecture and many other topics.


Our collection includes:
Watercolour of Highbury House, circa 1807, artist unknown

  • Photographs of most streets in Islington, as well as images of buildings, schools, pubs, cinemas and theatres and many other subjects
  • Illustrations and watercolours, especially early scenes of the borough
  • Other artworks, including our Walter Sickert and Geoffrey Fletcher collections

Drawing of St John's Gates, Clerkenwell, 1828, by Thomas H Shepherd

Copies of these images are available as photo-quality prints or in digital form. However, please note that some items cannot be copied due to copyright restrictions.
For information about obtaining and using images from our collections, please see our copying and publishing page.