In the 1860s, Finsbury Park was created using a corner of the surviving Hornsey Wood. The park and pleasure gardens were created for the residents of Finsbury. At the time, Finsbury was an overcrowded, inner-city area with no areas of greenery to enjoy. Finsbury Park was beginning to fill up with two and three-bed houses for the middle class. However, the buyers for these houses never came forward, and many of the houses in Finsbury were then divided into flats. In fact, in some cases, the Finsbury Park houses were divided into single rooms with families living in what would have been one of the bedrooms in the original house!
In 1904, though, Finsbury Park began to change. The housing developments in Finsbury Park were improved to appeal to commuters. That’s right, Finsbury Park was once a commuter town. It is now, of course, the last stop for many people commuting to London from towns and cities across the country.
Finsbury Park, for a long time, has provided a snapshot of what makes London one of the best cities in the world. Of course, I’m talking about the large population of immigrants in Finsbury Park. For many years, immigrants have found a home in Finsbury Park. Thanks to these fine folks, London has grown and expanded in so many ways. Culturally, Finsbury Park is such a fantastic place! From Welsh and Scottish immigrants to Pakistani and Bangladeshi immigrants, Finsbury Park has been home to everyone that makes London awesome. Of course, in the 60s and 70s, African Caribbean immigrants also found a home in Finsbury Park. They furthered the culture and the wonderful atmosphere in Finsbury Park.
To us, Finsbury Park gives a glimpse of why London is such a fantastic place. There are hundreds of different cultures across London, and many of them have their roots in Finsbury Park!