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Metropolitan Borough of Islington


Islington Town Hall

Islington within the County of London
 • Created 1900
 • Abolished 1965
 • Succeeded by London Borough of Islington
Status Metropolitan borough
Government Islington Borough Council
 • HQ Town Hall, Upper Street
 • Motto Deus Per Omnia (God pervades all things)
Arms of The Metropolitan Borough of Islington
Coat of arms of the borough council
Coat of arms shown affixed to Orwell Court, municipal housing in Petherton Road, London N5.

The Metropolitan Borough of Islington was a Metropolitan borough within the County of London from 1900 to 1965, when it was amalgamated with the Metropolitan Borough of Finsbury to form the London Borough of Islington.


  • Boundaries 1
  • Town Hall 2
  • Population and area 3
  • Archival records 4
  • Politics 5
    • Borough council 5.1
    • Parliament constituency 5.2
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • Further reading 8


The borough comprised the districts of Pentonville, Islington, Barnsbury, Lower Holloway, Holloway, Tufnell Park, Archway, Highbury, and Canonbury.

The neighbouring boroughs were Finsbury, Hackney, Stoke Newington, Shoreditch, St Pancras.

Town Hall

The town hall is on Upper Street, and was opened in 1923. It is a listed building.

Today, the Town hall is the headquarters, and contains the council chambers of the successor authority, the London Borough of Islington.

Population and area

The metropolitan borough was conterminous with the Vestry authority, when it was formed in 1900. Statistics compiled by the London County Council, in 1901 show the population growth in London, over the preceding century.

The area of the borough in 1901 was 3,091 acres (12.5 km2). The populations recorded in National Censuses were:

Islington Vestry 1801–1899
Year[1] 1801 1811 1821 1831 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891
Population 10,212 15,065 22,417 37,316 55,690 95,329 155,341 213,778 282,865 319,143
Metropolitan Borough 1900–1961
Year[2] 1901 1911 1921 1931 1941 1951 1961
Population 334,981 327,403 330,737 321,795 [3] 235,632 235,632

By comparison, after amalgamation with Finsbury, to form the modern London Borough of Islington, the combined area became 3,672 acres (14.9 km2); in 2005, this had a population of 182,600,[4] or a population density of 12,288/km². In 1901 Islington the population density was 26,778/km².

Archival records

Islington Local History Centre holds records of the Metropolitan Borough of Islington, including council and committee minutes, rate books and publications.[5]


A map showing the wards of Islington Metropolitan Borough as they appeared in 1916.

Under the Metropolis Management Act 1855 any parish that exceeded 2,000 ratepayers was to be divided into wards; as such the incorporated vestry of St Mary Islington was divided into six wards (electing vestrymen): No. 1 or Upper Holloway (9), No. 2 or Lower Holloway (12), No. 3 or Highbury (15), No. 4 or Thornhill (18), No. 5 or Barnsbury (18), No. 6 or St Mary's (15), No. 7 or Canonbury (15) and No. 8 or St Peter's (18).[6][7]

In 1896 as its population had increased the incorporated vestry was re-divided into eleven wards (electing vestrymen): No. 1 or Tufnell (12), No. 2 or Upper Holloway (12), No. 3 or Tollington (9), No. 4 or Lower Holloway (15), No. 5 or West Highbury (15), No. 6 or East Highbury (12), No. 7 or Thornhill (9), No. 8 or Barnsbury (6), No. 9 or St Mary's (9), No. 10 or Canonbury (9) and No. 11 or St Peter's (12).[8]

The metropolitan borough was divided into eleven wards for elections: Barnsbury, Canonbury, Highbury, Lower Holloway, Mildmay, St Mary, St Peter, Thornhill, Tollington, Tufnell and Upper Holloway.[9][10]

Borough council

Parliament constituency

For elections to Parliament, the borough was divided into four constituencies:

In 1950 the borough's representation was reduced to three seats:

See also


  1. ^ Statistical Abstract for London, 1901 (Vol. IV)
  2. ^ Islington MetB: Census Tables at Vision of Britain accessed on 14 Dec 2006
  3. ^ The census was suspended for World War II
  4. ^ 2005 estimate
  5. ^ "Local History Collections". Islington Local History Centre. Retrieved 3 March 2011. 
  6. ^ The London Gazette Issue: 21802. 20 October 1855. pp. 3876–3878. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "H.M.S.O. Boundary Commission Report 1885 Islington Map". Vision of Britain. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  8. ^ The London Gazette Issue: 26714. 21 February 1896. pp. 1042–1045. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  9. ^ Post Office London County Suburbs Directory, 1919. 1919. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  10. ^ Ordnance Survey 'County Series 3rd Edition' Map of London (1912-14) at 1:2500 scale. Accessed at

Further reading


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