Islington: towers, turrets and oddities

Town houses, Islington
Town houses, Islington

These no doubt once elegant town houses, inhabited when new by no less elegant owners, are in Liverpool Road, Islington. Some still preserve a smart appearance but others have come down in the world, additional doorbells indicating multiple occupancy. Note the raised pavement of a kind often found in the hillier parts of North London.

Liverpool Road doesn’t lead to Liverpool, by the way. It’s just a name.

Gibson Square
Gibson Square

Off Liverpool Road is Gibson Square with this pretty little park or garden in the centre. Residential “squares” are often found here and in other parts of London. There are houses on four sides and in the middle a private garden, sometimes with a tennis court or other such amenity. The garden is usually kept locked and only residents have a key. In this case, however, the garden has been taken over by the Council and is open to the public.

Gibson Square squirrel
Gibson Square squirrel

As you would expect, there are grey squirrels in Gibson Square. They are plentiful in London, wherever there are trees. In fact, we have them here, right on the main road, because we have some tall trees where they can build their dreys. Officially, they are pests and people call them destructive, which is rich coming from the most destructive species on the planet.

If by chance you catch a grey squirrel, perhaps because it is injured, it is illegal to release it again. This is one more example of how stupid officialdom can be. If it was already running about, then what harm is done by letting it run about again?

I tend to get impatient to the point of anger about such things because I did once pick up an injured squirrel. I got thoroughly bitten but I didn’t care about that. The problem was what to do with it now I had it…

Gibson Square garden
Building, Gibson Square garden
Detail
Detail

What really intrigued me, though, was this building in the garden. I thought at first sight that it might be a shelter with seats or even a little cafe, but no, it is firmly closed, having no windows and only one, heavily barred, door. I have no idea of its purpose. If anyone knows, please enlighten me.

This is not a concertina maker
This is not a concertina maker

It’s surprising how many things are not what they claim to be. Well, here I use “claim” loosely, as the outfit using the building today are not really trying to make you believe they manufacture concertinas. The Concertina Works is really in the business of selling works of art. The H. Crabb (and Son) who used to work here are quite famous in the concertina and folk music world, apparently. For example, see here and here.

So much for the oddities, what about the towers and turrets? We usually think of towers as something special and dramatic (the Eiffel Tower, the Post office Tower, etc) but there are more of them about than you might at first think, along with their smaller cousins, the turrets. I found three examples this morning alone, without really trying. Two are old and one is modern. See what you think.

The Angelic, Islington
Glass turrets
Spiky Tower
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About SilverTiger

I live in Islington with my partner, "Tigger". I blog about our life and our travels, using my own photos for illustration.
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2 Responses to Islington: towers, turrets and oddities

  1. Alex says:

    I believe the mysterious building is actually the top of a ventilation shaft for the Victoria line.

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