Barnsbury is located in Greater London
Location within Greater London
OS grid referenceTQ305845
London borough
Ceremonial countyGreater London
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLONDON
Postcode districtN1, N7
Dialling code020
UK Parliament
London Assembly
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51°32′31″N 0°06′38″W / 51.54183849338327°N 0.11060897251564092°W / 51.54183849338327; -0.11060897251564092
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, within the N1 and N7 postal districts.

The name is a syncopated form of Bernersbury (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 19th century.

By the end of the 18th century, Barnsbury, like other parts of Islington, was 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.

Barnard Park, consisting of 10 acres (4 hectares) including a large area of football pitches, was created in 1967 on an area of housing that had been bombed during World War Two, and was named after former Islington Mayor Cllr George Barnard.[2]

Pentonville Prison (built 1842) is located within Barnsbury.

Since 2006, Barnsbury ward has been represented by three Labour councillors.

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  1. ^ Mills, D., Oxford Dictionary of London Place Names, (2000)
  2. ^ Morris, James (16 June 2018). "From war bombing to 'stinking' paddling pools: A history of Barnard Park". Islington Gazette. Retrieved 2 January 2021.
  3. ^ IMDb Database retrieved 2 May 2019
  4. ^ "Islington South and Finsbury – Liberals are irrelevant, says Labour MP". 22 April 2010. Retrieved 2 November 2023.
  5. ^ The National Archives of the UK (TNA); Kew, Surrey, England; Census Returns of England and Wales, 1911