Finsbury was a small borough, and Shoreditch was a small borough … the boundary line was only across City Road and going round towards Old Street. So really to get from one borough to another you just crossed a main road … and although you were so close, you seemed to keep within your own area. It was more like, I suppose more like a village really.
Finsbury Work and Play is a walk around part of London’s EC1 area, taking in the old borough of Finsbury and the edge of Shoreditch. In one sense these two areas don’t exist any more: they were merged with Islington and Hackney in 1965. But Finsbury and Shoreditch have been parishes of London since the Middle Ages, and they’re still seen as distinctive areas on maps, in place-names – and especially by the people who live there.
This walk is meant as a wander round old Finsbury, accompanied by the voices and stories of Finsbury residents as they talk about the places where they went to school, worked, shopped and played in the 1940s and 1950s. You can download the voices on an mp3 player to accompany the walk: there’s one numbered commentary for each of the eight stops.
Click on the links above to find out more about the stops, or go to the ‘Walk ‘ page to get started on the walk itself.
WALK INTRODUCTION Introduction to Finsbury Work and Play
Site created by Linda Carey, 2012 University of East London & London Metropolitan Archives