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Take a tour of Stroud Green’s musical heritage

The Hunter memorial organ at St Mellitus is one small part of Stroud Green’s rich and eclectic musical history. To celebrate it we’ve teamed up with Oonagh Gay and Susan Hahn, from Islington Guided Walks, to create the first in our short series of podtours, which explores some of the highlights.

Focusing on the musical heritage of some of the significant 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 Sir George Robey pub – also share their musical memories.

The tour is designed to be taken on location as a guided walk, but you can also listen to it any time you like from home.

If you are walking with us, take a screengrab on your mobile of the map in the photo gallery, download the podtour and head to St Mellitus Church on the corner of Tollington Park and Evershot Road, where Oonagh and Susan 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 UKKG Help Centre, Islington Local History Centre
Stop 10 - Astoria Cinema in 1936, later Rainbow Theatre and now UKKG 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 UKKG Help Centre, Islington Local History CentreStroud Green Musical Heritage Podtour Map
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