Place:Barnsbury, London, England

Coordinates51.5442°N 0.1171°W
Located inLondon, England     ( - 1965)
See alsoIslington, London, Englandmetropolitan borough in which it was situated 1900-1965
Islington (London Borough), Greater London, EnglandLondon borough in which is has been located since 1965
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Barnsbury is an area of north London in the London Borough of Islington. It has been part of the civil parish of Islington since at least 1900.

The name is a corruption of villa de Iseldon Berners (1274), being so called after the Berners family: powerful medieval manorial lords who gained ownership of a large part of Islington after the Norman Conquest. The area of Barnsbury was predominantly rural until the early nineteenth century.

By the end of the 18th century, however, Barnsbury, like other parts of Islington, was being regarded as attractive part-rural suburbs by the comparatively wealthy people wanting to move out of the cramped City of London and industrial Clerkenwell. The area is close to the City, and had strong local trade in its position as the first staging post for travellers making the journey from London to the north, and with considerable agricultural traffic and cattle driving to the nearby Smithfield cattle market.

Pentonville Prison (built 1842) is located within Barnsbury.

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  • A Vision of Britain through Time states that the ecclesiastical parish of Barnsbury was established in 1862. Since 1955 it has been called the parish of Barnsbury St. Andrew with St. Thomas and St. Matthias. Barnsbury was a sub-registration district of Islington from 1900 until (probably) 1965.
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