GOSWELL ROAD is a road in the south of the London Borough of
Islington . It runs north from the border of the City of London
Notable places along the road include the main campus of City University to the west and the Headquarters of DB Schenker Rail (UK) at 310 Goswell Road.
London Bus routes 4 and 56 serve Goswell Road.
* 1 Toponomy * 2 Description * 3 James Parrott and the four-minute mile * 4 The Dame Alice Owen\'s School bombing * 5 Image gallery * 6 References * 7 External links
There is dispute over the origins of the name, with some sources
claiming the road was named after a nearby garden called 'Goswelle' or
'Goderell' which belonged to
Robert de Ufford, 1st Earl of Suffolk ,
whilst others state it derives from "God's Well", and the traditional
pagan practice of well-worship. Until 1864 named Goswell Street, as
It is mostly occupied by offices and shops, and by the main campus of
City University London . It also contains the central library of the
Society of Genealogists
The New River originally passed along
JAMES PARROTT AND THE FOUR-MINUTE MILE
Some sources (notably Olympic medallist
THE DAME ALICE OWEN\'S SCHOOL BOMBING
On 15 October 1940, approximately 150 people were sheltering in the basement of Dame Alice Owen\'s School , then situated on Goswell Road. A large parachute bomb hit the building directly, causing the structure to collapse and blocking access to the basement. The blast wave from the bomb caused the pipeline carrying the New River to rupture, flooding the shelter and killing the majority of shelterers.
A memorial to the victims of the bombing stands in Owen's Fields at the northern end of Goswell Road.
Goswell Road, Schenker office *
Goswell Road, Angel House *
Goswell Road, City University *
Goswell Road, towards the City *
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