The origins of the name Holloway are disputed, however the general opinion seems to be that it derives from Hollow, or Hollow way, due to a dip in the road caused by the passage of animals and water erosion, as this was the main cattle driving route from the North into Smithfield. In Lower Holloway, the former Back Road, now "Liverpool Road" was used to rest and graze the cattle before entering London.
The original route, from London, led through Tollington Lane, but such was the state of this road by the 14th century, that the Bishop of London built a new road up Highgate Hill, and was claiming tolls by 1318. This was the origins of the Great North Road, now the A1, which passes through Holloway and past our office. Until the 18th century the area was predominantly rural, but as London expanded in the second half of the 19th century it became extremely built-up.
Holloway, like much of inner North London, experienced rapid growth around the very early 1900s and quickly became an important local shopping centre. In the late 1930s, the Odeon cinema on the junction of Tufnell Park Road and Holloway Road was built as a Gaumont but was severely damaged by a doodlebug during the Second World War. It has recently undergone extensive refurbishment but retains its impressive foyer and staircase.
Holloway has had its fair share of famous local residents who include: John Betjeman, poet laureate, Alan Carr, comedian. Martin Clunes, actor, Bob Hoskins, actor, Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, Glenys Kinnock, MEP. Neil Kinnock, Baron Kinnock of Beddwellty. Jon Snow, television presenter. Edward Lear, poet and illustrator,. John Lydon, better known as Johnny Rotten, lead singer of the Sex Pistols, William Heath Robinson, cartoonist, Suggs, lead singer of Madness. Kate Winslet, actress, Douglas Adams who wrote the novel The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and even Hawley Harvey Crippen that notorious murderer. We are pleased to say that Drivers and Norris have been here through most of these times and are still here to help you with your property requirements
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