Welcome to 250 City Road Community
Dear Residents of Islington,
The purpose of this website is to keep you, our neighbours, up to date with all construction activities, charity events, employment opportunities and environmental information. It also provides another line of communication and lets us know how you think we are performing and whether we are being considerate constructors. We are currently in our fourth year of production in this 10/11 year project and we feel that by giving you a better insight and keeping you up to date will help the project run smoother.
Historical Background of City Road
In November 2014 the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) carried out a watching brief on site to determine whether any heritage assets were contained within the site boundaries. The purpose of the watching brief was to identify whether assets relating to Civil War defences, plague pits and the Regents Canal were present within the area.
We excavated 4 trenches of varying size around areas of the site and the following summary of findings was produced by MOLA.
"The results of the evaluation confirmed that there is overall good survival of archaeological remains in form of horizontal deposits and structural remains within the areas of the trenches. The archaeological remains recorded across the site were predominantly of 18th to 19th century date. These relate to the use of the site as open land and gardens up to the early 19th century and the later industrial development of the site, including the construction of the canal basin from the early 19th century onwards. Small areas of the site also showed evidence for medieval activity. However, no finds or features pre-dating the medieval period were observed in any of the trenches at this stage".
During the excavations, a number of artefacts were found, some of which you can see here, including a number of clay pipes, pottery jugs and plates.
We decided that we wanted to preserve some of the heritage that was once part of the land we are now developing. We excavated part of the city basin wall and have plans to integrate this into 1.4 acres of landscaped gardens.
- Clay Pipe
- Pottery plate
- Ceramic Pot