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English Heritage grant protection to three Islington landmarks

Bunyan’s grave in Bunhill Fields
Hanover Primary School, in Noel Road
The road surface of Charterhouse Square, in Clerkenwell

A COBBLED street and a primary school built in the 1930s have joined the graves of some of England’s finest writers and dissenters by being given official protec­tion for their historical and architectural significance.

English Heritage has published a national round up of all the buildings given protected status last year, three of which are in Islington.

Hanover Primary School, on the banks of the Regent’s Canal in Noel Road, St Peter’s, was given Grade II-listed status. Built between 1931 and 1932 it is described as a clash between the Victorian-style of school building – which crammed as much as possible into a small space – and the modern, fresh air and health-conscious approach of the 1930s.

Also listed was the “setted” road surface in Charterhouse Square, Clerkenwell, built in the 1860s and also listed Grade II. 

“The square is a rare instance in London where a Victorian setted road surface and York stone pavements survive over a large area,” the London List Yearbook says. “They are beautifully laid, a testament to the masonry skills of the paviours whose job it was to dress, set and consolidate the course of stones.” 

Also in the list is Bunhill Fields Burial Ground. The Tribune reported in February how the final resting place for dissenters – who included the writer Daniel Defoe, poet William Blake and author of Pilgrim’s Progress John Bunyan – was given the highest protection, a Grade I listing.

Established in 1665 the four acre-plot was closed and laid out as a park in 1869, after received around 123,000 bodies.

Published: 22 July, 2011
by ANDREW JOHNSON

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