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Angel Inn & Hotel, 1 Islington High street, Clerkenwell N1

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At the period when the northern environs of London consisted of scattered villages, a portion of the parish of Clerkenwell, including the New River-head, the Islington Spa, Owen's School and Almshouses, &c., was considered to form part of the village of Islington: those objects being detached from the town or church village of Clerkenwell, and situated close to the Islington boundary. And whatever impropriety there may now appear in the expression which forms the heading of this chapter, it is additionally clear that the Village of Islington once extended into the parish of Clerkenwell, from the fact that the local act, 12 Geo. III., c. 17, provides for "lighting Such Part of the Town of Islington As Lies In the Parish of St. Mary, Islington.''
"There is a tradition, that the whole of the ground, from what is now the corner of the Back-road to the Angel-inn, was forfeited by the parish of Islington, and united to that of Clerkenwell, in consequence of the refusal of the Islingtonians to bury a pauper, who was accidentally found dead at the corner of the Back-road; and the corpse being taken to Clerkenwell, the district above described was claimed and retained by that parish. This might possibly have happened before a single house stood on the disputed ground. Certain it is that, on the opposite side of the way, the parish of Islington extends to the corner of the City-road, exactly facing the angel." Gent. Mag., Oct. 1823.  - St Mary Islington History 1842

On the west side of the High-street, at the entrance of Islington from the City, were formerly several objects of interest'. The Angel Inn, which forms a conspicuous object on approaching the village, is said to have been an established inn upwards of 200 years; during the greater part of which, it was usually deemed the final resting-place for travellers to London, who, if they reached it towards night-fall, would seldom venture to encounter the remaining perils of their journey till morning. The ancient house, which was pulled down in 1819, to make way for the present one, presented the usual features of a large old country inn, having a long front, with an overhanging tiled roof, and two rows of windows, twelve in each row, independently of those on the basement story. The principal entrance was beneath a projection, which extended along a portion of the front, and had a wooden gallery at the top. The inn-yard, approached by a gateway in the centre, was nearly a quadrangle, having double galleries, supported by plain columns and carved pilasters, with caryatides and other figures. These galleries had doubtless been often thronged with spectators of dramatic entertainments, at the period when inn-yards were customarily employed for such purposes'.  - St Mary Islington History 1842

Angel Inn, Islington - circa 1819

Angel Inn, Islington - circa 1819

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This pub was purchased in 1921 by Lyons of Corner House fame and opened in 1922 as the Angel Café Restaurant. In the early 1960s it was acquired by the London County Council. Today (in 2010) it is a branch of the Co-operative Bank but this pub's fame lives on as it gave its name to the underground station (opposite) and the area, which features on the UK Monopoly board. ***

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Angel, Islington - in 1890s

Angel, Islington - in 1890s

Angel, 1 Islington High Street, in the parish of Clerkenwell, how confusing

Angel, 1 Islington High Street, in the parish of Clerkenwell, how confusing

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The Angel Hotel, Islington 1902

The Angel Hotel, Islington 1902

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Angel, 1 Islington High Street, N1 - in May 2010

Angel, 1 Islington High Street, N1 - in May 2010

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Residents at this address

1805/Anthony Percivall, Angel inn, High street, Islington/../../Holdens Directory

1806/Mr Percival, Angel, Islington/../../London Brewery 1806 customer for supplying the public with genuine malt liquor

1825/Mr Thomas Smith/../../../Licensed Victuallers Association

1827/T and J Smith/../../../Licensed Victuallers Association

1829/J & J Smith, Angel, 1 High street, Islington/../../Robsons Directory

1833-34/Angel Inn, James & John Smith, 1 High street, Islington/../../Pigots Directory

1839/James Smith & John Smith/../../../Pigots Directory

1841/James & John Smith/../../../Post Office Directory *

1848/James Smith & John Smith/../../../Post Office Directory

1851/James Smith & John Smith/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions

1856/James & John Smith/../../../Post Office Directory *

March 1866/James Smith/License renewal/../Clerkenwell News

1869/James Smith/../../../Post Office Directory

1876/Henry Gascoyne/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions

1876/Richard Baker/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions

1877/Richard Baker/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions

1878/Richard Baker/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions

1879/Richard Baker/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions

1880/Richard Baker/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions

1881/Ambrose Wd Warren/Manager/57/St Georges Hanover Sq, Middlesex/Census
1881/Ada Warren/Wife, Manageress/30/Gloucester/Census
1881/Harold Warren/Son/3/Herne Hill, Surrey/Census
1881/Mable Warren/Daughter/2/Herne Hill, Surrey/Census
1881/Dorothy Warren/Daughter/10 months/London, Middlesex/Census
1881/Mary A Warsome/Cook/33/Monmouth/Census
1881/Alice M French/Barmaid/21/Bridgewater, Somerset/Census
1881/Eda Southall/Barmaid/26/Dudley/Census
1881/Alice Hale/Barmaid/26/London, Middlesex/Census
1881/Charles Brown/Barman/18/Bedford/Census
1881/William Rikpatick/Barman/25/London, Middlesex/Census
1881/Edward Hearn/Barman/25/Cambridge/Census
1881/Mary Walsh/Housemaid/25/Brixton, Surrey/Census
1881/Alice Haps/Chamber Maid/30/Somerset/Census
1881/Emily Richards/Kitchen Maid/21/Buckingham/Census
1881/Sarah Armstrong/Kitchen Maid/22/London, Middlesex/Census
1881/Ganor Roberts/Nurse Maid/40/Merioneth, Wales/Census
1881/Ernest R Morrison/Visitor/36/London, Middlesex/Census
1881/Ruth Simpson/Cashiere/21/London, Middlesex/Census

1881/Richard Baker/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions

1882/Henry & Richard Baker/../../../Post Office Directory

1882/Richard Baker/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions

1883/Richard Baker/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions

1884/Richard Baker/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions

1885/Richard Baker/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions

1886/Richard Baker/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions

1887/Richard Baker/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions

1888/Richard Baker/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions

1889/Richard Baker/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions

1890/Richard Baker/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions

1891/Richard Baker/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions

1891/Baker Brothers Lim/../../../Post Office Directory

1892/Richard Baker/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions

1893/Richard Baker/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions

1894/Richard Baker/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions

1895/Richard Baker/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions

1899/Frank John Sullivan/../../../Post Office Directory

Islington Gazette - 01 October 1907 Transfers granted
Angel, 1 High street, Clerkenwell, from Edwin Cash to Arthur Edwin Cash

1910/Arthur E Cash/../../../Post Office Directory

1915/Edwin Cash/../../../Post Office Directory *

1921/Joseph Benjamin Crick/../../../Post Office Directory

1938/Lyons J & Co Ltd/../../../Post Office Directory

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*** Provided By Tris


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