infobox UK place
country = England
map_type = Greater London
region= London
official_name= Barnsbury
latitude= 51.5442
longitude= -0.1171
os_grid_reference= TQ305845
post_town= LONDON
postcode_district=N1, N7
london_borough= Islington
dial_code= 020
constituency_westminster= Islington South and Finsbury

Barnsbury is an area of north London in the London Borough of Islington, in the N1 and N7 postal districts.

The name is a corruption of "villa de Iseldon Berners" (1274), [Mills, D., "Oxford Dictionary of London Place Names," (2000)] being so called after the Berners family, who gained ownership of the lands after the Norman Conquest and were powerful medieval manorial lords, owning a large part of Islington.The area of Barnsbury was predominantly rural until the early nineteenth century.

By the end of the 18th century, however, Barnsbury, like other parts of Islington, was being regarded as attractive part-rural suburbs by the comparatively wealthy wanting to move out of the cramped City of London and industrial Clerkenwell. The area is close to the City, and had strong local trade in its position as the first staging post for travellers making the journey from London to the north, and with considerable agricultural traffic and cattle driving to the nearby Smithfield cattle market in the City.

Pentonville Prison (built 1842) is located within Barnsbury.

Famous residents

*Samuel Barnett, actor
*Tony Blair, Prime Minister lived at 1 Richmond Crescent.
*Benjamin Britten, composer lived at 99 Offord Road.
*Kenneth Cranham, actor.
*Chris Farlowe, singer lived in Offord Road.
*Sir Ian Holm, actor lived in Belitha Villas.
*Sir Peter Pears, singer lived in Offord Road.
*Thomas H. Shepherd, artist and printmaker lived in Batchelor Street.
*Walter Sickert, artist lived at 14 Barnsbury Park.
*VHS, a fictional character featured in the comedy series "The Mighty Boosh", claimed to own a factory in Barnsbury.
*Simon Rattle, conductor, has a residence in Lonsdale Square.
*Colin Roberts, music journalist and DJ, lives on Offord Road.
*Sue Pollard, comedy actress, lives on Richmond Avenue.

Nearby areas

* Islington to the east
* Highbury to the north-east
* Holloway to the north-west
* Camden Town to the west
* Kings Cross to the south-west
* Clerkenwell to the south

Nearest stations

* Angel tube station
* Caledonian Road tube station
* Highbury and Islington tube station
* Holloway Road tube station
* Caledonian Road & Barnsbury railway station


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