Campbell Road, N4

Road in Finsbury Park, existed between 1865 and 1952

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Campbell Road had a bad reputation from the moment it was built in 1865, on land known as the St Pancras’ Seven Sisters Road Estate. It was a long street just to the west of Fonthill Road, off Seven Sisters. Building along the street was done piecemeal and took a long time. Over a period of years, the demand fell and poor people, unable to afford to buy or rent a whole house, started taking rooms in the properties.

In 1880 a lodging house was opened at 47 Campbell Road, licensed for 90 men. It was the first of many such establishments in the road and by 1890 Campbell Road had the largest number of doss house beds for any Islington street.

People were very poor, many of them with large families. With such over-crowded rooms, life was often lived in the street. Campbell Road was a slum so wretched that its inhabitants sold the glass from their windows, so unlawful that the police steered clear - career criminals lived there. It was so insular that the the children from the next street down would be chased out - there was also a fierce territorial rivalry between the top and bottom end.

Campbell Road residents were frightened to give their address as it often meant they wouldn’t be given a job at the numerous small factories in Islington.

In 1937 the name of the road was changed to Whadcoat Street in a vain attempt to dilute its bad reputation. Slum clearance started in 1952 finally putting an end to the street, and in its place was built a council estate - the Six Acre estate. All that now remains of the notorious Bunk is the name Whadcoat Street on a brick wall. Locals still talk about doing a Campbell Bunk or getting-away-with-it.

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The 1750 Rocque map is bounded by Sudbury (NW), Snaresbrook (NE), Eltham (SE) and Hampton Court (SW).
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The 1800 mapping is bounded by Stanmore (NW), Woodford (NE), Bromley (SE) and Hampton Court (SW).
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The 1830 mapping is bounded by West Hampstead (NW), Hackney (NE), Greenwich (SE) and Chelsea (SW).
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The 1860 mapping is bounded by Brent Cross (NW), Stratford (NE), Greenwich (SE) and Hammermith (SW).
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The 1900 mapping covers all of the London area.


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Finsbury Park

Finsbury Park

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Borough:Islington, Haringey, Hackney

County:Greater London

Region:Greater London



Ceremonial County:Greater London

Traditional County:Middlesex

Post Office and Telephone

Post town:LONDON


Dialling Code:020

Finsbury Park is a place in London, England, at the junction of the London Boroughs of Islington, Haringey and Hackney.

It is not to be confused with Finsbury, which is some miles further south, close to the City of London. Persons attending weddings at Finsbury Registry Office (also known as Islington Registry Office), need to be wary of this common confusion: the registry office is in Finsbury, not Finsbury Park.

The park
The large public park which gives the area its name was one of the first of the great London parks that appeared in Victorian times. It was designed in the 1850s but was not actually completed until a little while later, in 1869. The park’s name is explained by the fact that it was designed for the recreational use of the people of Finsbury, which at that time was a large London borough stretching from east central London all the way to the new park’s southern boundary. Today, most of Finsbury has been swallowed up by the borough of Islington, but the connection still survives in the park’s name.

The park was landscaped on the north-eastern extremity of what was originally Hornsey Wood, a large expanse of woodland that was cut further and further back during the period of London’s great expansion in the Nineteenth Century. Today, Finsbury Park is the only real reminder of the past existence of Hornsey Wood. There was, in fact, until recently, a pub across the road from its eastern entrance called the Hornsey Wood Tavern — a name which may have been confusing to those unfamiliar with the park’s history, since Hornsey is actually a mile northwest. The tavern closed down in January 2005 to be made into flats.

Today, the park is managed by Haringey Council. Its use for large music events such as Madstock, the Fleadh and Big Gay Out has in recent years become contentious, with some local residents arguing that they should not be disturbed so much. The council, on the other hand, argues that it needs the money that such events generate, and that the events are popular and have attracted large audiences.

The park has a lake and children’s playground together with one of the few permanent softball and baseball diamonds in London.

A history of the park and a list of community events is available from the Friends of Finsbury Park

The mosque

Finsbury Park mosque was built to serve the large Muslim population in the area. Finsbury Park mosque has become associated with Islamic extremism in recent years, with the Charities Commission expressing concerns about the management of the mosque, and its apparent use for political activities. Finsbury Park mosque was raided by police in 2003. The mosque had allegedly been used as an Al Qaeda recruitment center.

Nearest places

Nag’s Head

Manor House

Crouch End


Stroud Green Road

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Finsbury Park station

Manor House tube station

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