Islington Local History Centre

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Finsbury Library
245 St John St


020 7527 7988



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Open: Monday 9.30-1, 2-8 (closes at 6 alternate Mondays), Tuesday 9.30-1, 2-5; Thursday 9.30-1, 2-8, Friday-Saturday 9.30-1, 2-5 by appointment only

Closed: Wednesdays, Sundays, 1 week in January for stocktaking, Bank holidays

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Due to building work at Finsbury Library, the Islington Local History Centre will be closed from Monday, 21 September to Saturday, 24 October 2015, inclusive The building will reopen on Monday 26 October as a joint library, museum and housing office. For further information see website

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  • ARCHON code: 1032

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    Collections information

    Organisations (21)

    Families (3)

    • Compton, family, Marquesses of Northampton Castle Ashby, Northamptonshire;Moulsoe, Buckinghamshire;Callington, Cornwall;Callyland, Cornwall;Buckland Filleigh, Devon;Cotleigh, Devon;Manaton, Devon;Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire;Hurstbourne, Hampshire;Fen Stanton, Huntingdonshire;Hilton, Huntingdonshire;Erith, Kent;Great Dalby, Leicestershire;Canonbury, Middlesex;Clerkenwell, Middlesex;Ecton, Northamptonshire;Great Doddington, Northamptonshire;Long Sutton, Somerset;Pitney, Somerset;Wearne, Somerset;Chelsham, Surrey;Tandridge, Surrey;Compton Place, Sussex;Eastbourne, Sussex;Wilmington, Sussex;Compton Wynyates, Warwickshire;Whatcote, Warwickshire;Torloisk, Argyllshire;Kirkness, Kinross-shire;Dingwall, Ross and Cromarty;Lochluichart, Ross and Cromarty
    • Penton family of Pentonville Pentonville, Middlesex
    • Townshend, family, Marquesses Townshend Calverton, Buckinghamshire;Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire;Ely, Cambridgeshire;Fordham, Cambridgeshire;Soham, Cambridgeshire;Ashbourne, Derbyshire;Walton-upon-Trent, Derbyshire;East Donyland, Essex;Great Bentley, Essex;Wivenhoe, Essex;Kempsford, Gloucestershire;Amwell, Hertfordshire;Balls Park, Hertfordshire;Bengeo, Hertfordshire;Gorhambury, Hertfordshire;Wigston Magna, Leicestershire;London;Canonbury, Middlesex;Clerkenwell, Middlesex;Binham, Norfolk;Coxford, Norfolk;East Raynham, Norfolk;Great Yarmouth, Norfolk;Helhoughton, Norfolk;Horsham St Faith, Norfolk;Langham, Norfolk;Morston, Norfolk;Oxwich with Pattesley, Norfolk;Raynham Hall, Norfolk;Stiffkey, Norfolk;Weasenham, Norfolk;Wellingham, Norfolk;West Rudham, Norfolk;Elkington, Northamptonshire;Tamworth, Staffordshire;Tettenhall, Staffordshire;Akenham, Suffolk;Great Thurlow, Suffolk;Kentford, Suffolk;Rendlesham, Suffolk;Flecknoe, Warwickshire;Lea Marston, Warwickshire;Wellesbourne, Warwickshire;Hannington, Wiltshire;Inglesham, Wiltshire;Ramsbury, Wiltshire;Risby, Yorkshire

    Paper catalogues available to view at The National Archives - (3)

    • NRA 36071 Islington Central Reference Library: misc accessions
    • NRA 36252 Penton family of Pentonville, Middlesex, and Chalfont Park, Bucks: family and estate papers
    • NRA 36081 Royal Agricultural Hall Co Ltd, Islington


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