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56a, Highbury Grove

A Grade II Listed Building in Islington, Islington

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Latitude: 51.5527 / 51°33'9"N

Longitude: -0.0967 / 0°5'48"W

OS Eastings: 532052

OS Northings: 185468

OS Grid: TQ320854

Mapcode National: GBR GJ.Y0G

Mapcode Global: VHGQT.87QL

Entry Name: 56a, Highbury Grove

Listing Date: 27 July 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1298032

English Heritage Legacy ID: 368967

Location: Islington, London, N5

County: Islington

Electoral Ward/Division: Highbury East

Built-Up Area: Islington

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Christ Church Highbury Grove

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text


635-1/39/457 (East side)
27/07/88 No.56A


Balloon-making workshop, now a garage. Built c.1900 for the
Spencer brothers. Brick set in English bond, roof of
corrugated steel. One storey, open plan. Gabled east and west
ends; on the south side six windows (two blocked) and two
doors (both blocked), all with replacement lintels; east end
has central flat-arched entrance with gauged brick head and
two flanking flat-arched windows with gauged brick heads;
north side has six windows, three with cambered-arched heads,
three with replacement lintels, and two entrances now blocked;
the west end now partly rendered with several new openings and
a large works entry of late C20 date. Roof of semi-circular
form carried on eight iron sickle-girders; the crown of the
roof having a glazed lantern running most of the length of the
INTERIOR: has glazed white and brown brick to dado, and
partitions to west end.
The Spencer brothers were pioneering aeronauts of the late C19
and were noted for their work in perfecting the design of the
parachute and balloon. In 1900 Stanley Spencer constructed one
of the first hydrogen-filled balloons, or airships. Of these
he is counted a pioneer, along with Count Von Zeppelin and the
Brazilian Santos-Dumont.
(J.M.Bacon: The Dominion of the Air: 1902-: PP.338-9).

Listing NGR: TQ3205285468

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