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Coordinates: 51°32′06″N 0°06′11″W / 51.5350°N 0.1031°W
Pentonville is an area of north-central London in the London Borough of Islington, centred on the Pentonville Road. The area is named after Henry Penton, who developed a number of streets in the 1770s in what was open countryside adjacent to the New Road. Pentonville was part of the ancient parish of [1 ] Clerkenwell, and was incorporated into the Metropolitan Borough of Finsbury by the London Government Act 1899. It has been part of the London Borough of Islington since 1965.
Nearby places include
Islington, St. Pancras and Finsbury. The closest tube station is Angel.
Pentonville is the birthplace of
John Stuart Mill (1806) and Forbes Benignus Winslow (1810), the noted psychiatrist.
Vladimir Lenin and his wife lived just off Pentonville Rd, and it was at this time that he first met his fellow exile Leon Trotsky.
Pentonville is not the location of
HM Prison Pentonville, which is located on Caledonian Road, some distance north in Barnsbury.
In popular culture [ edit ]
"Pentonville" is a track on the
Babyshambles album . Down in Albion
Mr Brownlow, the gentleman whose books were stolen in
, lived in "a quiet shady street near Pentonville" in the novel and most film versions. However, in the musical adaptation, Oliver Twist , he lives in Oliver! Bloomsbury Square.
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