Finsbury division

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 - 1801 11,492 acres (46.51 km2)
 - 1801 73,268
 - 1841 185,174
 - 1881 482,264
 - 1801 6.4/acre
 - 1841 16/acre
 - 1881 42/acre
 - Created 17th century
 - Abolished 1900
Status division of hundred

The Finsbury Division was one of four divisions of the Hundred of Ossulstone, in the county of Middlesex, England. The other divisions were named Holborn, Kensington and Tower. Ossulstone hundred was divided in the seventeenth century, with each of the four divisions replacing the hundred for most administrative purposes.


The division stretched from the boundary of the City of London north to the border between Middlesex and Hertfordshire. In 1899 the area, with the southern section becoming part of the new County of London, and the northern section remaining in Middlesex.

The area is now covered by three London Boroughs: Islington, parts of Barnet, Haringey, and Hackney.

Later use of the name "Finsbury"[edit]

Under the Reform Act 1832, part of the Division became the Parliamentary Borough of Finsbury. A smaller area became the Metropolitan Borough of Finsbury in 1900. The placename "Finsbury" now generally refers to part of the London Borough of Islington formerly the Metropolitan Borough.

Constituent parishes[edit]

The Finsbury Division contained the following "parishes, townships, precincts and places":

Inner Parishes (Included in the district of the Metropolitan Board of Works 1855, County of London 1889

Outer Parishes

External links[edit]

  • Map of Inner Parishes of Finsbury Division [1]
  • Map of Outer Parishes of Finsbury Division [2]

Coordinates: 51°33′N 0°07′W / 51.55°N 0.11°W / 51.55; -0.11