Metropolitan Borough of Islington
Islington Town Hall
Islington within the County of London
|- Succeeded by||London Borough of Islington|
|Government||Islington Borough Council|
|- HQ||Town Hall, Upper Street|
|- Motto||Deus Per Omnia (God pervades all things)|
Coat of arms of the borough council
The Metropolitan Borough of Islington was a Metropolitan borough within the County of London from 1900 to 1965, when it was amalgamated with the Metropolitan Borough of Finsbury to form the London Borough of Islington.
The town hall is on Upper Street, and was opened in 1923. It is a listed building.
Today, the Town hall is the headquarters, and contains the council chambers of the successor authority, the London Borough of Islington.
Population and area
The metropolitan borough was conterminous with the Vestry authority, when it was formed in 1900. Statistics compiled by the London County Council, in 1901 show the population growth in London, over the preceding century.
The area of the borough in 1901 was 3,091 acres (12.5 km2). The populations recorded in National Censuses were:
Islington Vestry 1801–1899
Metropolitan Borough 1900–1961
By comparison, after amalgamation with Finsbury, to form the modern London Borough of Islington, the combined area became 3,672 acres (14.9 km2); in 2005, this had a population of 182,600, or a population density of 12,288/km². In 1901 Islington the population density was 26,778/km².
Under the Metropolis Management Act 1855 any parish that exceeded 2,000 ratepayers was to be divided into wards; as such the incorporated vestry of St Mary Islington was divided into six wards (electing vestrymen): No. 1 or Upper Holloway (9), No. 2 or Lower Holloway (12), No. 3 or Highbury (15), No. 4 or Thornhill (18), No. 5 or Barnsbury (18), No. 6 or St Mary's (15), No. 7 or Canonbury (15) and No. 8 or St Peter's (18).
In 1896 as its population had increased the incorporated vestry was re-divided into eleven wards (electing vestrymen): No. 1 or Tufnell (12), No. 2 or Upper Holloway (12), No. 3 or Tollington (9), No. 4 or Lower Holloway (15), No. 5 or West Highbury (15), No. 6 or East Highbury (12), No. 7 or Thornhill (9), No. 8 or Barnsbury (6), No. 9 or St Mary's (9), No. 10 or Canonbury (9) and No. 11 or St Peter's (12).
The metropolitan borough was divided into eleven wards for elections: Barnsbury, Canonbury, Highbury, Lower Holloway, Mildmay, St Mary, St Peter, Thornhill, Tollington, Tufnell and Upper Holloway.
For elections to Parliament, the borough was divided into four constituencies:
In 1950 the borough's representation was reduced to three seats:
- Metropolis Management Act 1855
- London Government Act 1899
- London Government Act 1963
- London Borough of Islington
- Statistical Abstract for London, 1901 (Vol. IV)
- Islington MetB: Census Tables at Vision of Britain accessed on 14 Dec 2006
- The census was suspended for World War II
- 2005 estimate
- "Local History Collections". Islington Local History Centre. Retrieved 3 March 2011.
- The London Gazette Issue: 21802. 20 October 1855. pp. 3876–3878. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
- "H.M.S.O. Boundary Commission Report 1885 Islington Map". Vision of Britain. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
- The London Gazette Issue: 26714. 21 February 1896. pp. 1042–1045. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
- Post Office London County Suburbs Directory, 1919. 1919. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
- Ordnance Survey 'County Series 3rd Edition' Map of London (1912-14) at 1:2500 scale. Accessed at https://www.old-maps.co.uk/
- Robert Donald, ed. (1907). "London: Islington". Municipal Year Book of the United Kingdom for 1907. London: Edward Lloyd.