Mount Pleasant Sorting Office

Post Office in/near Clerkenwell, existing between 1889 and now.

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The Mount Pleasant Mail Centre is operated by the Royal Mail and previously was one of the largest sorting offices in the world.

Mount Pleasant Sorting Office was officially opened on 30 August 1889 and was built on the location of the former Coldbath Fields Prison that closed in 1885. The original prison gate was incorporated into the Post Office building but demolished in 1901.

In the 1970s, the centre pioneered the use of optical character recognition for sorting purposes with the installation of a machine in 1979.

Mount Pleasant hosts the British Postal Museum & Archive, located in Freeling House on the back of the sorting office. A Post Office branch forms part of the site, fronting on to Rosebery Avenue.

From 1927 until 2003, Mount Pleasant was connected to other major Royal Mail offices and railways stations in London via the London Post Office Railway.

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Polygon Buildings
Following the demolition of the Polygon, and prior to the construction of Oakshott Court in 1974, 4 tenement type blocks of flats were built on the site at Clarendon Sq/Phoenix Rd called Polygon Buildings. These were primarily for people working for the Midland Railway and subsequently British Rail. My family lived for 5 years in Block C in the 1950s. It seems that very few photos exist of these buildings.


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Road construction and houses completed
New Charleville Circus road layout shown on Stanford’s Library Map Of London And Its Suburbs 1879 with access via West Hill only.

Plans showing street numbering were recorded in 1888 so we can concluded the houses in Charleville Circus were built by this date.

Source: Charleville Circus, Sydenham, London

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Source: Charleville Circus, Sydenham, London

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Telephone House
Donald Hunter House, formerly Telephone House, was the BT Offices closed in 2000


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Smithfield Market
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The Grand Theatre, Islington High Street (1903) The new Grand Theatre - the fourth theatre on the site - was opened on 26 December 1900 with a production of the pantomime ’Robinson Crusoe’. The Huddersfield Daily reported the next day: "Nearing the end of the first performance of ’Robinson Crusoe’ at the Grand Theatre, Islington, on Wednesday, a fire broke out. From all parts of the house an alarm was raised. All present rose to their feet as large pieces of inflammable material were seen dropping from flies. The fire-proof curtain was promptly lowered, and the band struck up the National Anthem. The actors and actresses crowded into the stage boxes. Mr. Jones, playing ’Friday,’ clambered on to the stage from the front and appealed to the audience not to rush for the doors as there was no danger. Then Mr. Charles Townley, the author, came forward explaining that the management, owing to the electric installations not being completed, had used gas batten, and one of the sky borders had unfortunately caught fire. The officials had shown their efficiency by the celerity with which the fire had been extinguished. This is the fourth fire that has occurred at this theatre, and Wednesday’s was the first performance given since the building was gutted some few months back." Thankfully the fire was quickly put out and the performance continued, and the Theatre would go on to stage pantomime, drama, and variety productions until it was renamed the Islington Empire in 1908.
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Islington Horse and Cattle market at the turn of the twentieth century.

Sadler House on the Spa Green Estate from Rosebery Avenue (2011) The ’organic’ connection between old and new buildings intended by architect Berthold Lubetkin at Spa Green.
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View looking upwards of the stairway at Bevin Court. Bevin Court (1946-54) designed by Berthold Lubetkin and Tecton.
Credit: Wiki Commons/Steve Cadman

Clerkenwell Green (1898) The water fountain shown here became public toilets.

Coldbath Square in Clerkenwell was named after a cold water well that stood originally in fields. Cold Bath was fed by a spring which was discovered by a Mr Baynes in 1697. The discoverer declared the water had great power in nervous diseases, and "equalled those of St Magnus and St Winnifred". The bathing hours were from 5am to 1pm, the charge two shillings. The old bathhouse was a building with three gables, and had a large garden with four turret summer houses. In 1811 the trustees of the London Fever Hospital bought the property for £3830, but, being driven away by the frightened inhabitants, the ground was sold for building, the bath remaining as late as 1865.

Doughty Street is a broad tree lined street in the Holborn district.

Pluto Lamps were first demonstrated in 1897. They included an automatic machine that could dispense a gallon of hot water, or a halfpenny worth of beef tea essence, cocoa, milk, sugar, tea or coffee. Pictured here is the inauguration of the first Pluto lamp in Exmouth Street (now Exmouth Market), Clerkenwell 1899. The Pluto Lamps initiative disappeared almost as quickly as it arrived.
Credit: Islington Local History Centre

Eyre Street Hill, Little Italy, c. 1890
Credit: Bishopsgate Institute
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Farringdon Road and the Metropolitan Railway, 1868. Looking north from Turnmill Street

John Street, looking up Doughty Street (1949)
Credit: Rene Groebli
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