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Angel Inn & Hotel, 1 Islington High Street, Clerkenwell, London

Clerkenwell pub history index

At the period when the northern environs of London consisted of scattered villages, a portion of the parish of Clerkenwell, including the New River-head, the Islington Spa, Owen's School and Almshouses, &c., was considered to form part of the village of Islington: those objects being detached from the town or church village of Clerkenwell, and situated close to the Islington boundary. And whatever impropriety there may now appear in the expression which forms the heading of this chapter, it is additionally clear that the Village of Islington once extended into the parish of Clerkenwell, from the fact that the local act, 12 Geo. III., c. 17, provides for "lighting Such Part of the Town of Islington As Lies In the Parish of St. Mary, Islington.''
"There is a tradition, that the whole of the ground, from what is now the corner of the Back-road to the Angel-inn, was forfeited by the parish of Islington, and united to that of Clerkenwell, in consequence of the refusal of the Islingtonians to bury a pauper, who was accidentally found dead at the corner of the Back-road; and the corpse being taken to Clerkenwell, the district above described was claimed and retained by that parish. This might possibly have happened before a single house stood on the disputed ground. Certain it is that, on the opposite side of the way, the parish of Islington extends to the corner of the City-road, exactly facing the angel." Gent. Mag., Oct. 1823.  - St Mary Islington History 1842

On the west side of the High-street, at the entrance of Islington from the City, were formerly several objects of interest'. The Angel Inn, which forms a conspicuous object on approaching the village, is said to have been an established inn upwards of 200 years; during the greater part of which, it was usually deemed the final resting-place for travellers to London, who, if they reached it towards night-fall, would seldom venture to encounter the remaining perils of their journey till morning. The ancient house, which was pulled down in 1819, to make way for the present one, presented the usual features of a large old country inn, having a long front, with an overhanging tiled roof, and two rows of windows, twelve in each row, independently of those on the basement story. The principal entrance was beneath a projection, which extended along a portion of the front, and had a wooden gallery at the top. The inn-yard, approached by a gateway in the centre, was nearly a quadrangle, having double galleries, supported by plain columns and carved pilasters, with caryatides and other figures. These galleries had doubtless been often thronged with spectators of dramatic entertainments, at the period when inn-yards were customarily employed for such purposes'.  - St Mary Islington History 1842

Angel Inn, Islington - circa 1819

Angel Inn, Islington - circa 1819

Kindly provided by Colleen

This pub was purchased in 1921 by Lyons of Corner House fame and opened in 1922 as the Angel Café Restaurant. In the early 1960s it was acquired by the London County Council. Today (in 2010) it is a branch of the Co-operative Bank but this pub's fame lives on as it gave its name to the underground station (opposite) and the area, which features on the UK Monopoly board. ***

A listing of historical London public houses, Taverns, Inns, Beer Houses and Hotels in  Clerkenwell,  London. The Clerkenwell, London listing uses information from census, Trade Directories and History to add licensees, bar staff, Lodgers and Visitors.

Angel, Islington - in 1890s

Angel, Islington - in 1890s

Angel, 1 Islington High Street, in the parish of Clerkenwell, how confusing

Angel, 1 Islington High Street, in the parish of Clerkenwell, how confusing

Both kindly provided by Colleen

The Angel Hotel, Islington 1902

The Angel Hotel, Islington 1902

Kindly provided by John Carnaby

Angel, 1 Islington High Street, N1 - in May 2010

Angel, 1 Islington High Street, N1 - in May 2010

Kindly provided by Tris

The following entries are in this format:

Year/Publican or other Resident/Relationship to Head and or Occupation/Age/Where Born/Source.

1825/Mr Thomas Smith/../../../Licensed Victuallers Association ****

1827/T and J Smith/../../../Licensed Victuallers Association ****

1833-34/Angel Inn, James & John Smith, 1 High street, Islington/../../Pigots Directory ****

1839/James Smith & John Smith/../../../Pigots Directory ****

1841/James & John Smith/../../../Post Office Directory *

1848/James Smith & John Smith/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1851/James Smith & John Smith/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions****

1856/James & John Smith/../../../Post Office Directory *

March 1866/James Smith/License renewal/../Clerkenwell News

1869/James Smith/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1876/Henry Gascoyne/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions****

1876/Richard Baker/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions****

1877/Richard Baker/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions****

1878/Richard Baker/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions****

1879/Richard Baker/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions****

1880/Richard Baker/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions****

1881/Ambrose Wd Warren/Manager/57/St Georges Hanover Sq, Middlesex/Census ****
1881/Ada Warren/Wife, Manageress/30/Gloucester/Census
1881/Harold Warren/Son/3/Herne Hill, Surrey/Census
1881/Mable Warren/Daughter/2/Herne Hill, Surrey/Census
1881/Dorothy Warren/Daughter/10 months/London, Middlesex/Census
1881/Mary A Warsome/Cook/33/Monmouth/Census
1881/Alice M French/Barmaid/21/Bridgewater, Somerset/Census
1881/Eda Southall/Barmaid/26/Dudley/Census
1881/Alice Hale/Barmaid/26/London, Middlesex/Census
1881/Charles Brown/Barman/18/Bedford/Census
1881/William Rikpatick/Barman/25/London, Middlesex/Census
1881/Edward Hearn/Barman/25/Cambridge/Census
1881/Mary Walsh/Housemaid/25/Brixton, Surrey/Census
1881/Alice Haps/Chamber Maid/30/Somerset/Census
1881/Emily Richards/Kitchen Maid/21/Buckingham/Census
1881/Sarah Armstrong/Kitchen Maid/22/London, Middlesex/Census
1881/Ganor Roberts/Nurse Maid/40/Merioneth, Wales/Census
1881/Ernest R Morrison/Visitor/36/London, Middlesex/Census
1881/Ruth Simpson/Cashiere/21/London, Middlesex/Census

1881/Richard Baker/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions****

1882/Henry & Richard Baker/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1882/Richard Baker/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions****

1883/Richard Baker/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions****

1884/Richard Baker/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions****

1885/Richard Baker/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions****

1886/Richard Baker/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions****

1887/Richard Baker/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions****

1888/Richard Baker/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions****

1889/Richard Baker/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions****

1890/Richard Baker/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions****

1891/Richard Baker/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions****

1891/Baker Brothers Lim/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1892/Richard Baker/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions****

1893/Richard Baker/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions****

1894/Richard Baker/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions****

1895/Richard Baker/../../../Finsbury Petty Sessions****

1899/Frank John Sullivan/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1910/Arthur E Cash/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1915/Edwin Cash/../../../Post Office Directory *

1921/Joseph Benjamin Crick/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1938/Lyons J & Co Ltd/../../../Post Office Directory ****

* Provided By Ewan

*** Provided By Tris

**** Provided By Kevan

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