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17 September 2009

How Islington sounded in the 1950s

WANT TO KNOW how London sounded forty or fifty years ago? Go and ask someone who remembers. Here, my old friend Martin speaks in his own entertaining style about the sounds of Islington from the 1950s and 1960s, where he grew up in a tenement near the Angel.

Among other things, he recalls a quack doctor in Chapel market, accordion players, the sounds of fights from a rough pub called the Scotch House, kids’ street games, travelling knife grinders and lots more. It’s about ten minutes long, edited down from a half hour interview: