Islington’s Heritage Plaques showcase our culturally rich and colourful heritage by commemorating the significant people, places, and events in the borough. There are currently 102 plaques spread out on various sites across the borough. Search the full list of Heritage Plaques below and be inspired by some of the amazing people, places and events of Islington.
Andrea Levy (1956-2019)
Andrea Levy was born in Whittington Hospital in Islington in 1956. She grew up with her family in Twyford House on the Blackstock estate, and attended the prestigious Highbury Hill Grammar School (now Highbury Fields School). After starting to write as a hobby in her early 30s, Andrea went on to produce some of the nation’s most celebrated and influential works exploring the lives and contributions of immigrants and working class people in the UK. Best known for her novels Small Island and The Long Song, Andrea’s work provides an insight into life in Britain from the perspective of the Windrush generation. Read more about Andrea Levy
Derek Jarman (1942-1994)
An Islington People’s Plaque unveiled February 2018 to commemorate Jarman’s contribution to LGBT+ activism, film and the arts. The plaque is situated on the facade of the artists’ collective he lived in from 1967-69, at the very start of his creative career. Read more here.
Thomas Hosmer Shepherd (1793-1864)
A Greater London Council plaque, unveiled in 1976.
A English Heritage Plaque, unveiled in 2015.
Louis MacNiece (1907-1963)
A English Heritage Plaque.
Tom Paine (1737-1809)
A Memorial to ‘The Rights of Man’.
Alexander Cruden (1699-1770)
A Market Stallholders Association plaque.
An Amwell Society plaque.
William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)
George Baxter (1804-1867)
Charles ‘Elia’ Lamb (1775-1834)
A London County Council plaque.
George Orwell (1903-1950)
A London Borough of Islington plaque in conjunction with the Canonbury Society. Unveiled in May 2016, replacing the original plaque on this site.