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A church against all odds

There it was on the corner as it had been for 120 years. Forbidding and off-putting to many, yet to neighbours it was an old and familiar friend. Was it open or not?

Geoff Gobbett

A sign high on the building read Providence Baptist Chapel. It was opposite Highbury Fields, the largest open space in Islington, one of the smallest of the London boroughs, and yet one of the most populous in the capital, situated in one of the most desirable streets in Islington.