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Thornhill Square
Barnsbury is located in Greater London
 Barnsbury shown within Greater London
OS grid reference
London borough Islington
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LONDON
Postcode district N1, N7
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament Islington South and Finsbury
London Assembly North East
List of places
A map showing the Barnsbury ward of Islington Metropolitan Borough as it appeared in 1916.

Barnsbury is an area of north London in the London Borough of Islington, in the N1 postal district.

The name is a corruption of villa de Iseldon Berners (1274),[1] being so called after the Berners family: powerful medieval manorial lords who gained ownership of a large part of Islington after the Norman Conquest. The area of Barnsbury was predominantly rural until the early nineteenth century.

By the end of the 18th century, however, Barnsbury, like other parts of Islington, was being regarded as attractive part-rural suburbs by the comparatively wealthy people wanting to move out of the cramped City of London and industrial Clerkenwell. The area is close to the City, and had strong local trade in its position as the first staging post for travellers making the journey from London to the north, and with considerable agricultural traffic and cattle driving to the nearby Smithfield cattle market in the City.

Pentonville Prison (built 1842) is located within Barnsbury.

The Barnsbury Estate is a large estate managed by Newlon Housing. It has a mix of housing ownership with some ex-local authority housing and some private ownership. The Barnsbury Estate is becoming increasingly desirable as Kings Cross developments continue and the Georgian terraces in Barnsbury skyrocket in price (


  • Famous residents 1
  • Nearest stations 2
  • Nearby areas 3
  • References 4

Famous residents

Nearest stations

Nearby areas


  1. ^ Mills, D., Oxford Dictionary of London Place Names, (2000)
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