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These Gardens were first laid out in 1823 when the residents of Compton Terrace asked the landowner, Lord Compton, Marquess of Northampton, to provide them with 'a paddock or grass plot' in front of the houses, to 'act as a pleasure ground'.  


The Compton family were major landowners. Among their properties in Islington was the 16th century Canonbury Tower, and many streets had names associated with the family - Compton Terrace, Road and Avenue, Alwyne Road, Bingham Street, Douglas Road, Northampton Place and others. Compton Terrace was still a Northampton estate up to the early 1970s, then sold to BP who sold it off to various different owners.

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