Upper Holloway

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Upper Holloway
St John's Church, Holloway Road, Upper Holloway - geograph.org.uk - 359088.jpg
Church of St John
Upper Holloway is located in Greater London
Upper Holloway
Upper Holloway
Upper Holloway shown within Greater London
OS grid reference TQ295869
• Charing Cross 3.75 mi (6.0 km) N
London borough
Ceremonial county Greater London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LONDON
Postcode district N19
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament
London Assembly
List of places
51°33′58″N 0°07′52″W / 51.566°N 0.131°W / 51.566; -0.131Coordinates: 51°33′58″N 0°07′52″W / 51.566°N 0.131°W / 51.566; -0.131

Upper Holloway is a district in the London Borough of Islington, London, centred on the A1 Holloway Road.


A map showing the Upper Holloway ward of Islington Metropolitan Borough as it appeared in 1916.


Upper Holloway is the original designation of the N19 postal district and the term is still used by the Royal Mail.[1]

Urban development[edit]

Upper Holloway was one of several hamlets within the ancient parish of St Mary Islington.[2] As the population of the parish was increasing, the Church of St John Upper Holloway was built to meet local need, using the provisions of the Church Building Act 1818. It was consecrated in 1828 and in 1830 a new ecclesiastical parish was created, beginning the subdivision of the parish of Islington for this purpose.[3][4]

The area around Hornsey Road was traditionally known as Tollington. This name has largely fallen out of use except for as the name as an electoral ward on the local council.


The classic late Victorian comic novel Diary of a Nobody is set in Upper Holloway. The BBC's BBC Doomsday Project has some content for this area here:. Digital Public art project landscape-Portrait asked respondents about themselves and their area. The responses below relate to the postcode N19 4EH which is in Tollington ward in Upper Holloway.[5]

What is it like to live in this area ?
What sort of people live in your neighbourhood ?
How you been able to make friends here ?