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19. IN ISLINGTON

Islington more than any other borough was to benefit from this form of town development.

But in the 17th century Islington was a country village famous for its houses of entertainment - it was a favourite Sunday resort for Londoners wanting to get some fresh air.

20. A PLACE OF IMPORTANCE

There was hardly any building in the marshy southern part of Islington. Unlike the Dutch, the English did not have the techniques to drain the low lying land.

But important roads ran through Islington to the north. During the Civil War of 1642/49, 5 forts were built in Islington to protect these roads and London's water supply.

21. PLEASURE FOR THE PRESENT

But the Civil War, the Great Plague and then the Great Fire were in the future.

The Londoner could escape the slums to come to Islington as a playwright put it, with

"Your city tumblers to be drunk with cream and prunes in Islington"

and leaving

"Exchange wenches coming from eating pudding pies a Sunday at Pimlico or Islington".

 

22. BOOKS TO READ

  • The Growth of Stuart London - Norman G. Brett James
  • London Homes - Ralph Dutton
  • Daily Life in Rembrandt's Holland - P. Zumther
  • Amsterdam in the Age of Rembrandt - J.L. Murray

23. NOTE

This is the 10th leaflet in the series on "The History of City Housing".

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