Our History

Whittington Park Community Association was established on 19 September, 1972.  Local residents were frustrated at the neglect and uncertainty of the district and opposed houses being demolished to make way for expanding Whittington Park.  People did not want to be rehoused and felt it would break up the community. 

One of WPCA’s first projects was an adventure playground in the park. Soon after it opened, local police found crime in the area fell.

Many of the activities and ethos have remained to this day, such as the running of a Lunch Club for over 60s serving freshly prepared meals and an inclusive environment that sees all generations coming together in one building.

 

WPCA is a testament to a fascinating history in social activism and in August 2013 an important archive of documents, including over 300 photographs, tracing the history of the association from its inception was handed over to Bishopsgate Institute.  The collection is now available for the wider public to see.  There is also a permanent exhibition of black and white photographs tracing WPCA’s history in the stairwell of Hocking Hall and the cafe at the centre.  Katia Lom wrote the title article for the Journal of Islington Archaeology and History Society about this history and a copy of this article is available here: Article “Pride and Resistance”.

If you happen to own photographs and publications, or if you have any stories to share please contact Stefan Dickers at Bishopsgate Library:

0207 392 9270 /

library@bishopsgate.org.uk.

Below is a selection of some of the images in the WPCA Archive at Bishopsgate Institute.

 

Procession on Holloway Road for the WPCA 1973 Festival. WPCA Collection.

Pram race. WPCA 1970s festival. WPCA collection.

Emily Hope (one of the founding members of WPCA) standing on the far right next to the mayor and mayoress of Islington during WPCA’s 1973 festival. Photo by John Tracy. WPCA collection.

 

A concert on the Adventure Playground. Hocking Hall can be seen at back left corner (still standing today). 1970s WPCA festival.  WPCA Collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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