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The Angel, Islington

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The Angel was originally an inn near a tollgate on the Great North Road (at what is now the corner of Islington High Street and Pentonville Road), but now refers to this part of Islington in London. The corner itself is actually in Finsbury which was a separate borough until 1965 when Metropolitan Borough of Finsbury merged with the Metropolitan Borough of Islington to form the London Borough of Islington.

Thomas Paine stayed at the inn after he returned from France in 1790 and it is believed that he wrote passages of the Rights of Man whilst staying there. The original building was rebuilt in 1819 and became a coaching inn; the first staging post outside of City of London. It became a local landmark and was mentioned in Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens "The coach rattled away and, turning when it reached the Angel at Islington, stopped at length before a neat house in Pentonville". A new building in pale terracotta stone with a corner cupola replaced the old building in 1899. From 1921 to 1959 the building was used as a Lyons Corner House and is now a Co-operative Bank.

The Angel Islington is familar to many people as a location on the standard British version of the game Monopoly.

See also: Angel tube station

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