London Borough of Islington

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Islington Town Hall
Islington is a London Borough, comprising the former metropolitan Boroughs of Islington and Finsbury. It lies to the north of the City of London.

As well as Islington proper, the borough contains various districts such as Kings Cross, Clerkenwell, Highbury, Highgate, Holloway and Barnsbury.

LGBT history

Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell lived in Islington from 1959 until their deaths in 1967.

Highbury and Islington CHE Group (also known as North London CHE or Islington CHE) was founded in 1972.

The London Gay Teenage Group set up in 1977 met in the Borough of Islington.

Robert Crossman was Mayor of Islington for 1986–87.

Chris Smith, now Baron Smith of Finsbury, in the London Borough of Islington, was an Islington Councillor (for Barnsbury Ward) before becoming an MP. He received the Freedom of the Borough of Islington in 2010, and was warmly congratulated on that occasion by gay Councillor Terry Stacy, leader of the Liberal Democrat group on the council.[1]

In October 2016, Islington Council announced that it was setting up a new LGBT archive, which will probably be housed in Islington Museum.[2]

External links


  2. James Morris, "‘Highbury Fields gay rights demo was a watershed moment’: Islington Museum to set up first LGBT archive", Islington Gazette, 10 October 2016.