Caledonian Park Clocktower
Opened in 1855 as centrepiece of Metropolitan Cattle Market. The seven storey clock tower offers magnificent views over London. The original working clock mechanism adds further interest.
Market Road N7 9PL
Sun 10am-3pm. Hourly tours only, pre-book ONLY via www.islington.gov.uk/caledonianpark. Last tour 3pm.
Caledonian Road & Barnsbury, Kings Cross St Pancras
274, 390, 17, 91, 259
CALEDONIAN PARK CLOCKTOWER Opened in 1855 as the centrepiece of the former Metropolitan Cattle Market, the seven storey Clock Tower offers magnificent views over London. The tower and the market_s impressive Grade II listed railings – built to withstand a bull stampede – are on English Heritage_s Register of Heritage at Risk. Set in the middle of the 7.4 hectare (18.27 acre) Caledonian Park (the borough’s second largest green space) – the clock tower and a new visitor centre are expected to be a big draw for residents and visitors alike – telling the fascinating history of the tower, the surrounding area and the communities that have lived, worked and played there. Caledonian Park (originally named Copenhagen Fields) has a rich history – used variously as a place for sports and leisure, a cattle market and popular flea market. It was also a place of political dissent and demonstration. Around 100,000 people gathered in the spot to march on Parliament in 1834 in support of the Tolpuddle Martyrs. Cllr Claudia Webbe, Islington Council’s executive member for environment said: “Residents, enthusiasts and fellow councillors have shared a wish to do this for the longest time – so, I’m really pleased we are moving closer to the day when Cally Clock Tower will take its rightful place in London’s rediscovered history and heritage. “We want to create a vibrant attraction for the borough with a visitor centre that will stimulate, educate and inform both young and old.”In doing so, we’ll make the most ofÿour unique heritage asset to help tell the story of the borough – and provide a new day out with unique views of the borough and capital’s skyline.” “School children, volunteers and businesses will join local communities in the process of bringing the clock tower and park back to life, putting it firmly on the cultural map of Islington.”Sylvia Tunstall, Chair Caledonian Park Friends Group said: “The proposals for a visitor centre and clock tower improvements will involve big changes to Caledonian Park.ÿ So it is really important as many people as possible have their say on the changes by joining in the consultation.” Facilities will also include a cafe and toilets for visitors and park users. Up to 4,000 visitors are expected to climb the 47m high tower each year and more will pass through the visitor centre,ÿ providing revenue for local businesses and employment for local people. The project was enabled following a 126k development grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Southern Housing Group’s 1m spend on Cally Park which included a 33k ‘legacy gift’ towards the Clock Tower and new park facilities. The Council expects to submit a detailed funding application for 1,950,000 to the Heritage Lottery Fund in Spring 2015.ÿ If that is approved and planning and listed building consent applications can be obtained it is expected that works will commence on site in Spring 2016.