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The Campbell Bunk was the nickname for an infamous road in Islington, Campbell Road. In 1937 its infamy led to it being renamed as Whadcoat Street. In the 1950s, the whole area to the west of Fonthill road was cleared and redeveloped. Only a stub of Whadcoat Street now remains, where it joins the Seven Sisters Road. Other than that, a route through what was the back yards of the houses on the western side of Campbell Road is now roughly traced by a small access road called Haden Court.

This image was taken shortly before demolition. It is looking south towards Seven Sisters Road from the junction with Biggerstaff Street.

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Comment by Sally Billot on December 1, 2019 at 17:01

Jerry White wrote a fascinating book about Campbell Bunk:  The Worst Street in North London.  Published in 1986 as part of the History Workshop.  No idea if it is still in print.


Comment by david shepherd on January 3, 2020 at 22:31

It is still in print Sally,  I purchased a copy recently on Amazon. It's a great read.  My mother and her family lived at number 53 Campbell Road for many years

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