Highbury and Islington Station, early 20th century

In all its glory, close to its original state. There I was, on the corner of Highbury Place, with my digital camera, horse-drawn carts and trams clip-clopping past ... well OK in fact I bought this canvas print from a local art shop, and it's wonderful. Can anyone estimate the date of the picture? I'm guessing it's pre-grouping (ie before the formation of the LMS in 1923) as the sign still says 'North London Railway'.


It's staggering to think BR wilfully demolished this in the 1960s. But it was another age. Nevertheless think how this contributed to the character of the area, the sense of place. Its replacements (tucked away behind a portacabin masquerading as a Post Office) give a sense of arriving in a dreadful place, not an exciting, vibrant, and (now) relatively wealthy part of London. And pray that the council takes the opportunity to restore some sense of unique character, style and architectural interest when the place is eventually redeveloped. Not just another glass/steel box...

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Taken on September 16, 2007