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Highbury & Islington

Highbury & Islington. Originally Highbury was a summer camp of the Romans and during the 13th century the Priory of St John of Jerusalem had a manor here that was destroyed in 1381. Recorded as Heybury during the 14th century, the name is derived from high and the Old English burh, 'the manor on high ground', as opposed to nearby Canonbury and Barnsbury which stand on lower ground. Islington, recorded as Gislandune c.1000 and Isendone in the Domesday Book, is derived from: 1- the personal name Gisla and Old English dun, 'hill or down' - 'Gisla's hill' referring to a Saxon and his family who once lived on a site here, or; 2- the Old English Gisel, a ' hostage' and dun', hill' - indicating that hostages were once held here, or 3- Old English Isel, 'lower' and don - which can be interpreted as meaning 'a fortified enclosure'. It was recorded as Islyndon in 1554.

The station was opened as HIGHBURY on 28 June 1904 and renamed HIGHBURY & ISLINGTON on 20 July 1922.

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