Islington’s Olympic links

Amid all the Olympic coverage, I came across this fascinating reference to the first time Britain won 5 gold medals in a day.

That was 100 years ago, at the 1908 London Olympics – and the medals were for boxing. Most interesting to me, the venue was the Northampton Institute in Clerkenwell, which became City University (still based in Northampton Square).

A century on, another Islington-based university is playing an Olympic role. London Met’s Science Centre is a designated training facility for basketball and fencing.

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  1. John Cunningham said

    Can anyone throw any light on a swimming baths that was in Brunswick Street (or close by) off East Street London EC. It was I believed bombed during the war.

    I saw the frontage many years ago and have now just woke up to the fact that it has gone forever.

    John

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