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The Hunter memorial organ at St Mellitus is one small part of Stroud Green’s rich and ecclectic history. To celebrate it we’ve teamed up with Islington Guided Walks to create two podtours.  The first is a walking tour that delves into N4’s diverse musical heritage; the second – a cycling tour, but also possible to take on foot – reveals, through some of the stories of the soldiers commemorated by the organ, what the area was like at the time of the First World War.

Both are designed to be taken on location as guided walks / a cycle ride, but they also work as documentaries you can listen to, and follow on a map, from the comfort of your home.

GREAT TO PEDAL! STROUD GREEN AT THE TIME OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR

A group of archive volunteers have been researching the stories of the soldiers commemorated by the memorial organ at St Mellitus.  Through these stories, this podtour will transport you back to Stroud Green at the time of the First World War. Designed to be taken on two wheels, the tour can also be walked.  Pace yourself, the route is quite hilly! During the tour, you will:

  • visit the home addresses of some of the soldiers commemorated by the organ and find out about their lives and military service;  
  • learn about the area’s reputation as a hotbed for conscientious objection;
  • hear from Chris Taft, Head of Collections at the Postal Museum, about an enormous, temporary sorting office built to cope with the extra mail sent during the war.

If you are cycling or walking with us, take a screengrab on your mobile of the map in the photo gallery below, download the podtour and head to the corner of Upper Tollington Park and Stroud Green Road, opposite Nando’s, where Oonagh Gay and Paul Sinclair of Islington Guided Walks are waiting to tell you all about Stroud Green at the time of the First World War.

You can download the podcast by clicking here

It is also available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts (iTunes)

Stop 1 - First World War Memorial Placard

Stop 2 - Frederick Cleverly Chipp's home

Stop 3 - Site of the Barritt brother's home

Stop 4 - Entrance to Finsbury Park (from Oakfield Road)

Stop 5 - Connaught Road

Stop 6 - Arthur Durrant Heaven wedding photograph

Stop 6 - Norman Edwin Heaven, courtesy of De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour, 1914-1919

Stop 6 - The Heaven family home

Stop 7 - Granville Court, on the site of a former Congregational church

Stop 7 - Home Depot exterior, The Regents Park, courtesy of The Postal Museum

Stop 7 - Inside the Home Depot, courtesy of The Postal Museum

Stop 7 - Postbox

Stop 8 - Home of the Weeden brothers

Stop 9 - Stationers Park

Stop 9 - Stationers' Company's School Chapel

Stop 10 - St Peter in Chains R C Church

Courtesy of Prue Roberts

Stop 11 - Alfred Victor Alford, Australian Infantry

Stop 11 - Oonagh and Paul on Mount Pleasant Crescent, (formerly Mount Pleasant Road)

Stop 11 - Percy Alford, Royal Flying Corps

Stop 11 - Percy in 1935 with his Beardmore Cab

Stop 11 - The Alford family home.jpeg

Cycle map with stops

Courtesy of Prue Roberts

TAKE A WALKING TOUR OF STROUD GREEN’S MUSICAL HERITAGE

Focusing on the musical heritage of the African-Caribbean, Greek Cypriot and Irish communities in the area, you will:

  • visit the site of a piano factory, a former music hall and studios belonging to the oldest independent record label in the world;
  • hear about ‘jelly mould’ cinema organs and some of the memorable performances at Finsbury Park’s iconic Rainbow Theatre;
  • local residents – Sarah White of the George Padmore Institute; Alice Georgeou, whose father ran a cafe on Hornsey Road; and Geri Caulfield who saw The Pogues play at the now demolished Sir George Robey pub – also share their musical memories.

If you are walking with us, take a screengrab on your mobile of the map in the photo gallery below, download the podtour and head to St Mellitus Church on the corner of Tollington Park and Evershot Road, where Oonagh Gay and Susan Hahn of Islington Guided Walks are waiting to tell you all about N4’s fascinating musical past.

You can download the podcast by clicking here

It is also available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts (iTunes)

Stop 1 - Susan and Oonagh on the steps of St Mellitus
Stop 1 - Susan and Oonagh on the steps of St Mellitus

Stop 1 - Susan and Oonagh on the steps of St Mellitus

Stop 2 - 106 Tollington Park, formerlyDecca 4

Stop 2 - 106 Tollington Park, formerly Decca 4

Stop 3 - Site of Ellis & Co Piano Factory

Stop 3 - Site of Ellis & Co Piano Factory

Stop 4 - New Beacon Books & Sarah White of the George Padmore Institute

Stop 4 - New Beacon Books & Sarah White of the George Padmore Institute

Stop 5 - Pak's, 48 Stroud Green Road

Stop 5 - Pak's, 48 Stroud Green Road

Stop 6 - Jazzie B ststue outside Finsbury Park Station

Stop 6 - Jazzie B ststue outside Finsbury Park Station

Stop 7 - Rowans, formerly The Majestic Ballroom

Stop 7 - Rowans, formerly The Majestic Ballroom

Stop 7 - Geri Caulfield reminicing about The Pogues at the now demolished George Robey Irish pub

Stop 7 - Geri Caulfield reminicing about The Pogues at the now demolished Sir George Robey Irish pub

Stop 8 - Rink Cinema in 1909, now Rowans

Stop 8 - Rink Cinema in 1909, now Rowans, Islington Local History Centre

Stop 9 - Oonagh and Susan and the no. 29 bus

Stop 9 - Oonagh and Susan and the no. 29 bus

Stop 10 - Astoria Cinema in 1936, later Rainbow Theatre and now UCKG Help Centre, Islington Local History Centre

Stop 10 - Astoria Cinema in 1936, later Rainbow Theatre and now UCKG Help Centre, Islington Local History Centre

Stroud Green Musical Heritage Podtour Map
Stop 1 - Susan and Oonagh on the steps of St MellitusStop 2 - 106 Tollington Park, formerlyDecca 4Stop 3 - Site of Ellis & Co Piano FactoryStop 4 - New Beacon Books & Sarah White of the George Padmore InstituteStop 5 - Pak's, 48 Stroud Green RoadStop 6 - Jazzie B ststue outside Finsbury Park StationStop 7 - Rowans, formerly The Majestic BallroomStop 7 - Geri Caulfield reminicing about The Pogues at the now demolished George Robey Irish pubStop 8 - Rink Cinema in 1909, now RowansStop 9 - Oonagh and Susan and the no. 29 busStop 10 - Astoria Cinema in 1936, later Rainbow Theatre and now UCKG Help Centre, Islington Local History CentreStroud Green Musical Heritage Podtour Map
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