Walks Through Islington

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1835 edition. Excerpt: ...eleven women of Surrey against eleven of Hampshire. It lasted two days; and was said to have been made between two noblemen for the sum of five hundred guineas. A turnpike marks the intersection of the roads mentioned, with that to Kingsland on the one hand, and to the termination of the Upper Street, &c. on the other. The last-mentioned is Hopping Lane; north of which lies the plot of land, containing twelve acres nearly, before spoken of as "The Hoppinge," or Hop-Ground, which, though within Highbury manor, is the freehold property of the Marquess of Northampton1. It was for many years occupied as a nursery, known as "Barr's," and afterwards as "Brooks's;" but is at this time occupied, for the most part, by a line of houses called St. Paul's Terrace. St. PauVs Church stands at the angle formed by the union of Hopping Lane with the Lower Road. This is one of the three new churches built under the arrangement made by the Church Commissioners with our parish authorities in 18252. It was erected at an expense of 10,947/. 16s. 6d.; and contains 1793 sittings, of which 817 are free. The minister is the Rev. John Sandys, M.A. The style is Gothic; and, as regards both its general features and details, this structure is worthy the established reputation of its architect, Mr. Charles Barry. It consists of a body, side-aisles, and a square embattled tower. Clerestory windows, elegantly pointed arches and columns, a canopied altar-piece, and a stained-glass window (containing the royal arms) at the east end, form the principal ornaments of the interior. Strictly connected with this ecclesiastical edifice are the St. Paul's District Schools, situate in a neighbouring street called Cross Street. Originally promoted...

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