Junction Road

Junction Road, Islington

A down-at-heel but improving street connecting Tufnell Park with Upper Holloway

St Johns Tavern - Junction Rd

Junc­tion Road was con­struct­ed as a feed­er for the new Arch­way Road in 1813. Much of the area’s orig­i­nal devel­op­ment was as cheap hous­ing for work­ing peo­ple who were dis­placed from St Pan­cras and Somers Town by the rail­way build­ing of the mid-19th cen­tu­ry.

Junc­tion Road Con­gre­ga­tion­al church was built in 1866–7 at the bifur­cate junc­tion with Trem­lett Grove. Fol­low­ing at least two changes of reli­gious affil­i­a­tion in its lat­ter years, the church has since been divid­ed into the flats of St Christo­pher’s Court.

Shown in the pho­to­graph above, St John’s Tav­ern became an archi­tec­tur­al land­mark when it was built around the same time as the church.

Near the north­ern end of the street, the baroque and asym­met­ri­cal Roy­al Lon­don Friend­ly Soci­ety build­ing was com­plet­ed in 1903. It is now home to a firm of solic­i­tors.

Sta­tion Road marks the site of the for­mer Junc­tion Road rail­way sta­tion, which oper­at­ed from 1872 to 1916, after which it was used sole­ly by goods ser­vices until final­ly closed in 1960. Com­muter groups con­tin­ue to lob­by for the station’s reopen­ing, so far with­out suc­cess.

St Christo­pher’s Court

In 2004 Junc­tion Road was brand­ed “the worst street in the bor­ough” for its lev­el of grime, graf­fi­ti and “fes­ter­ing rub­bish”.

Isling­ton coun­cil has since put some effort into enhanc­ing the streetscape, notably by co-fund­ing the restora­tion of St John’s Tav­ern, which is now a high­ly regard­ed gas­trop­ub. Com­plet­ed in 2010 with assis­tance from Eng­lish Her­itage, the project has rein­stat­ed the stuc­co work and tim­ber shopfront at ground floor lev­el and recre­at­ed the orig­i­nal hang­ing brass lanterns at each cor­ner.

In addi­tion to St John’s Tav­ern, the local­i­ty boasts a pletho­ra of pleas­ing pubs, includ­ing the Oak and Pas­tor, the Boston Arms and, a lit­tle far­ther south, the Junc­tion Tav­ern.

Postal district: N19
Population: 12,025 (Junction ward, 2011 census)
* The picture of St Christopher’s Court on this page is adapted from an original photograph, copyright Julian Osley, at Geograph Britain and Ireland, made available under the Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic Licence. Any subsequent reuse is freely permitted under the terms of that licence.