We’re recreating the once-daily practice of driving animals (well, 200 people dressed as animals) through the streets of Islington.
Caledonian Park was the site of the old Metropolitan Cattle Market, which was the largest cattle market in the World in the late 1800’s.
At its busiest, 15,000 animals would be traded in a single day! The market’s design was said to influence the layout of cities such as Chicago, Paris and Boston.
The clock tower that was the centre of the old cattle market still stands in Caledonian Park. Just over one hundred years ago, the livestock trade was unavoidable in this area. There were many slaughterhouses to provide the meat to feed London. Streets such as Holloway Road and Upper Street owe their raised pavements to the desire for people to keep their feet well above mess the animals left behind as they walked along the streets.