This month we asked Tim Carlton to share his particular love of Islington.
I suppose it's no surprise that the single thing which moves me most about Islington is the eclectic mix of architecture. Georgian and Regency and early- and late- period Victorian houses, not to mention some of the most interesting post-war housing and developments. 

I have been living and working here since 1985 and have witnessed huge changes in Islington as the area has become more desirable.  But I think it's fair to say that changes in styles and fashions are nothing new. In fact, dramatic changes in Islington, to its industry and its population have been happening for over 300 years and they are reflected in Islington's property, giving the area an architectural legacy which is beautiful yet uniquely varied.

Think of the graceful Georgian and Regency facades of Highbury Terrace, Duncan Terrace and Compton Terrace and how they contrast with the distinctive early victorian houses of Lonsdale Square, designed in a grey brick Tudor style by Richard Carpenter who was primarily an architect of church buildings.
Highbury Terrace
Compton Terrace
Lonsdale Square
As you wander through the back streets of Upper Street, Barnsbury, Canonbury and Highbury you will find some of the most beautifully designed homes in London but there is still room for new and stricking architecture both modern and practical which fits perfectly into its period surroundings.
Newington Green
In Newington Green at numbers 52-55 you find some of the earliest examples of terraced housing in London, built many years before the industrial buildings and warehouses around Regents's Canal which themselves are now re-imagined as practical and beautiful modern homes.
Regents Canal
Kings Cross
And when I consider the development of Kings Cross - unimaginable in 1985 - I can only think that change is always in the air in Islington. What endures is some of the most interesting and beautiful houses from any era. And because property is both my passion and my livelihood that can only be a good thing!

Tim Carlton
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