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Old Street

Once part of the Borough of Finsbury, Old Street Islington now borders the City of London and Hackney.

St Luke’s Church

St Luke’s was built between 1727-1773 to  meet  St Giles Without Cripplegate's booming population. The Grade One listed building was deconsecrated and closed in 1964 due to subsidence, but the derelict building has now been restored by the London Symphony Orchestra as a beautiful space for performances, rehearsals, recording and educational purposes.

Whitecross Street Market

Whitecross Street Market is one of London’s oldest markets, dating back to the 17th century. By the 19th century  it was known as the Squalors’ Market, due to associations with poverty and alcohol, but investment in 2008 has made Whitrecross Street a thriving daytime street-food market. 

Life around Old Street

Renowned today for its vibrant night life and modern restaurants, cafes and offices, poverty and inequality in the area could easily be forgotten:

  • 35% of children are living in poverty in Old Street compared to 23% across London
  • 56% of housing is social housing, compared to 26.7% for the rest of Islington and 13.5% for the rest of London

  • 14.1% of residents own their own home; 37.1% of houses are overcrowded 

  • 42% of residents aged 16-74 are in full-time employment [1] despite the percentage of working-age people to jobs in the area being 662.1% [2].

However, despite these factors, 77% of residents like living in the area [3], and like the rest of Islington, there is a thriving voluntary sector.

Our support around Old Street

Cripplegate Foundation provides funding for a number of organisations working to offer support for Old Street residents and throughout the borough. These include:

The Brandon Centre

Main Grants | 3 years | April 2017 to March 2020 | £73,098

Established in 1968, The Brandon Centre provides accessible contraceptive and sexual health services, and free counselling, psychotherapy, and parent training to young Islington and Camden residents.

The Brandon Centre has a Main Grant towards a counselling service for 16 to 21-year-old Islington residents at The Drum on Whitecross Street. Counselling services are also available at Lift and Platform and contraceptive and sexual health services are available for under 25s at their Kentish Town Centre.

St Luke’s Community History Group

Islington Council's Community Chest | 1 year | October 2016 to October 2017 | £3,295

St Luke’s Community History Group, founded in 2005, provides a wide range of free activities to local, mostly older people, and resources to Islington residents. Many participants have deep knowledge of the local area, having watched it transform since World War II. They use this expertise to share their history projects with the local community.

St Luke’s Community History Group has been funded through Islington Council’s Community Chest since 2007. The group helps to reduce isolation and open doors to local cultural opportunities. 

[1] Census 2011
[2] Business Register and Employment Survey 2015
[3] Place Survey 2008