The evolving identity of Clerkenwell – SAVE Britain’s Heritage walking tour with historian Alec Forshaw

The village-like atmosphere of Clerkenwell, with its Green, church, pubs and narrow winding streets, makes it a very special place in central London. Characterised by the eclectic variety of 18th, 19th and 20th century buildings, this once crime ridden ‘no go’ area was the first conservation area to be designated in Islington in 1968.

Today Clerkenwell is a ‘go to’ area - home to museums, hotels, bars and restaurants. Specialist craft and light industrial workshops traditional to the area are key to its identity and there is an amazing concentration of design and tech firms. However located on the edge of the City, Clerkenwell is constantly under pressure for major office development.

We will look at many remarkable buildings and spaces from the recently restored Sessions House, and Clerkenwell Workshops, to Berthold Lubetkin’s iconic Finsbury Health Centre. We will take in new buildings by architects like David Adjaye, Hawkins Brown, Taha Amin and CZWG, and consider some of the continuing challenges facing the identity of this unique area.

The walk is led by Alec Forshaw, former Principal Conservation and Design Officer at Islington, renowned historian, author of many books on London, and a collaborator on several SAVE projects.


June 2, 2018


Admission: FREE

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