Heritage Plaques

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.

  • People

Florence Keen (1868-1942)

Founder of the North Islington Infant Welfare Centre and School for Mothers. Manor Gardens Centre, Manor Gardens, N7.  

An Islington People's Plaque, unveiled in July 2013.

John Wright (1907-1991)

Founder of the Little Angel Theatre. Dagmar Passage, N1.

An Islington People's Plaque, unveiled in July 2011.

Crystal Hale (1915-1999)

Boat Club Pioneer and Community Campaigner. City Road Basin, N1.

An Islington People's Plaque, unveiled in August 2011.

Mary Tealby (1801-1865)

Founder of ‘The Home for Lost & Starving Dogs’ (later becoming ‘Battersea Cats & Dogs Home’). Freightliners Farm, Sheringham Road,…

An Islington People's Plaque, unveiled in October 2015. Mary Tealby moved to London to nurse her ill mother in the early 1850s and remained with her family at 20 Victoria Road (now Chillingworth Street), Holloway, after her mother’s death. Distressed at the number abandoned dogs in London, Mary founded the Home for Lost and Starving Dogs. It was located in stables behind 15 and 16 Hollingsworth Street (now occupied by Freightliners Farm and Paradise Park) and was opened on 2 October 1860. Mary died 3 October 1865 leaving the management of the home to her younger brother Edward, who relocated the dogs home to Battersea, south London in 1871. The home still operates today under the name of Battersea Cats and Dogs Home. Members of Mary’s family, the Battersea Cats and Dogs Home and Freightliners Farm attended the unveiling the plaque on 2 October 2015 at Freightliners Farm.

Nina Bawden (1925-2012)

Author and Campaigner for Railway Safety. 22 Noel Road, N1.

A Islington People's Plaque, unveiled in September 2015. Nina was the author of many books for adults and children, some drawing on her life in Islington. She was seriously injured in the Potters Bar train crash in 2002 in which her husband, Austen, and six other people were killed. With others she successfully campaigned to make the railways safer and to hold those responsible for the accident to account. Her Islington People’s Plaque was unveiled 11 September 2015 at Noel Road, N1.

PC Alfred Smith (1880-1917)

For heroic actions in WWI. 43-45 Central Street, EC1V.

An Islington People’s Plaque, unveiled in June 2017. 37-year-old PC Alfred Smith, an officer of the Metropolitan Police, saved the lives of over 150 women and children in Central Street Finsbury, during a heavy-bomber Gotha raid on 13 June 1917. Tragically, Smith was caught by the blast of one of the bombs and died. Read more in our blog post.