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This time, Foxes scavenger-hunted for antiques in one of Islington’s many pedestrian passages.
Foxes explored the… Camden Passage!
Throughout the walk, the sky-view of the passage changed from wide to narrow. This opening variance intrinsically influenced our treasure hunt as the changing openness impacted our journey experience.
Upon entering the narrow entry of the Camden Passage, we saw a contrast of clean design shops and antique stands displayed in a relatively open environment. Some restaurants were spotted at a close distance, where people stood in queue for a hearty breakfast. People walked in and out. Some stopped over to look for intriguing items. The atmosphere was busy. Everyone seemed to come with a purpose. As we explore deeper into the narrow end, the design shops were replaced by old antique stores. People started to linger in the narrow passage. Many with a beer in their hands. The closed environment invited people to mingle with each other, perhaps to celebrate after finding the perfect jewels.
In this short passage walk, the atmosphere transitioned from moving (under a relatively open sky-view) to lingering (under a relatively closed sky-view). There’s no denying the openness of the sky-view has, in some way, psychologically affected the pedestrian experience.
We hope you enjoy our journey as much as we did. Check out more of our walks like this here and our side notes below for some interesting facts of the buildings mentioned in this post.
FOXY’S SIDE NOTE:
- Camden Passage: The passage was built as an alley along the backs of houses on Upper Street, then Islington High Street, in 1767.
- Camden Head: Built in 1849, The Camden Head is a traditional Grade II listed pub with ground and three upper floors and paved seating area on the front.
- Islington Green & the statue of Sir Hugh Myddelton: The southern end of the green stands the statue of the great philanthropist, Sir Hugh Myddelton, who’s design of the New River was so important to London’s water supply from the 17th century onwards. Henry Vigar-Harries described in his London at Midnight publication that “It’s an interesting fact that within a radius of a mile and a half from this spot there are 1,030 public houses and beer shops.”