Pentonville  Middlesex


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Pentonville like this:

PENTONVILLE, a sub-district and a chapelry in Clerkenwell parish and district, Middlesex. The sub-district forms a compact portion of the metropolis; lies1¾ mile N N E of St. Paul's; adjoins the King's-Cross terminus of the Great Northern railway; has post-offices‡under London N; comprises all the section of Clerkenwell parish N of Penton-place and New-road, from Hamilton-row to High-street, Islington; occupies ground givenby the Mandevilles to Clerkenwell nunnery; was begun to be built by the Pentons, about 1773-80; consists chiefly of straight and well-built streets; and contains the London Female penitentiary and the White Lion-street Female penitentiary. ...

Acres, 134. Pop. in 1851, 11, 904; in 1861, 13,079. Houses, 1, 574. The chapelrywas constituted in 1854, and is less extensive than the sub-district. Pop. in 1861, 11, 974. Houses, 1, 423. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of London. Value, £300. Patron, the Incumbent of Clerkenwell. The church was built in 1787, after designs by Hurst. Another church, called Christchurch, is associated with it; stands in Penton-street; was built in 1862, at a cost of about £8, 600; is in the decorated English style; comprises nave, aisles, and chancel; has a tower, surmounted by an octagonallantern, terminating in a conical spire; and contains1, 259 sittings. The Claremont Independent chapel was built in 1819. The Pentonville or Model prison is within Islington, and has been noticed in our article on that parish. A church, immediately behind it, was built in 1865, at a cost of nearly £8,000.

Pentonville through time

Pentonville is now part of Islington district. Click here for graphs and data of how Islington has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Pentonville itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Pentonville, in Islington and Middlesex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 30th November 2021

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