SELL THE HEAD and WIFE FOR ISLINGTON

SELL THE HEAD and WIFE FOR ISLINGTON

Enjoy a slice of London’s history by walking from Smithfield through Islington to Highbury Corner.

“He married Jane Carter,No damsel look’d smarter;But he caught a tartar,John Hobbs, John Hobbs;Yes, he caught a tartar, John Hobbs.He tied a rope to her, John Hobbs, John Hobbs;He tied a rope to her, John Hobbs!To ‘scape from hot water,To Smithfield he brought her;But no one bought her …”

“John Hobbs” from “Modern Street Ballads”, ed. J Ashton (publ. 1888).

Clerkenwell’s St Johns Street had been described in 1170 because the road: … which goeth through the bar of Smithfield towards Yseldon i.e. Islington” (see: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/survey-london/vol46/pp203-221). It had been a well-worn path from the nation into city, and had been lined with mentoring inns for travellers and hostelries for cattle drovers bringing their pets to promote. Before checking out the street, we shall glance at St Peters Italian Church in Clerkenwell path simply west of Farringdon path.

St Peters Italian church

This church is within the heart of the thing that was as soon as called ‘Little Italy’ as a result of its Italian community, that has been started growing quickly at the beginning of the century that is 19th. Continue reading “SELL THE HEAD and WIFE FOR ISLINGTON”