In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Islington like this:
Islington, parl. bor. and par. with ry. sta., Middlesex, in N. of London, 2½ miles N. of St Paul's, 3107 ac., pop. 282,865. Market-days, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; was a country vil. at the beginning of the 19th century; the Agricultural Hall, the largest building of the kind in London (capable of holding 50,000 people), is situated in the par. Islington returns 4 members to parl. (4 divisions - namely, North, West, East, and South - 1 member for each division); it was made a parl. bor. in 1885.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Islington has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Islington. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Islington and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Islington in Middlesex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 22nd December 2014
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