|Top of 210 Pentonville Road|
Thursday, 23 February 2012
London Monopoly (6): Pentonville Road
Pentonville Road is number six in my series working around the 'London' version of the monopoly board.
Pentonville is a small local area of north London. The name is most famous for it's prison which is actually in Caledonian Road, a little to the north in Barnsbury. Pentonville Road links Euston to The Angel at Upper Street.
It is named after Henry Penton who developed many local streets in the eighteenth century when it was largely open countryside. Since 1965 it has been part of the London Borough of Islington.
The philosopher, John Stuart Mill was born there in 1806 and in Dickens's Oliver Twist the kindly old book-seller lived there. (But in the film Oliver they moved him to the more fashionable Bloomsbury. Pentonville Road is only in the 'Blue' set in Monopoly.)
Apparently Lenin lived there in 1902 and that's where he first met Trotsky.
The photograph above shows 210 Pentonville Road, a new building that recycled much of the material from the former property, known as Webb House, on the site and is entirely lit by roof-mounted solar panels.
In the distance, looking towards Euston Road, you can see King's Cross Railway Station.