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Early twentieth century residents of the Back Hill area of London

AGM The Finsbury archive has a number of issues of Back Hill magazine, a newsletter that was published by the community around St Peter's Church known as 'Little Italy'. The archive has an incomplete bound set of issues, among which are a number of charming pieces by Pino Maestri. They don't always mention the dates he's talking about, but he died in 1992, so the following list probably dates from some time between 1910-1930. From memory, and in collaboration with other old timers, he reconstructed a map of who lived where in the streets around that area; the names mentioned on the map have been transcribed here. Some of the surname spellings may be inaccurate, but have been transcribed as found.

There is a charming picture of kids playing cricket in Crawford Passage at this time, with lots of onlookers, so if any of these names are yours, they may well be in the photo.

Source: http://www.backhillonline.com/

Great Bath Street
now Topham Street
Arcari
Johnson
Barotta
Lawrence
Bellini
Lombardini
Bencivenga
Lusardi
Bonaiuto
Mariani
Borolle
Marino
Buffoni
Massa
Bulldog
Mazzoni
Bussolini
McCarthy
Cacavella
Meserotti
Caliendo
Organla
Carini
Pasquale
Carran
Pett's Workshop
Carrano
Piacenti
Carter
Politi
Cavallii
Polverino
Ciccone
Pulisano
Cortese
Santella
Cossi Coal
Servini
Cura
Solomon's
Dair, Johnes
Spreni
Dairy
Sullivan's
Dime Jack's father's club
'The Magpie'
Dimetti
Tiano
Ellero
Timolus
Foundry
Tommaso
Fratellanza Club
Toselli
Fusco
Uganda: Bella Vene Restaurant
Fusillo
 
Garard
 
Ghezzi
 
Grocer
 
Coldbath Street
Doncaster
Ghirardini
Oddi
Coldbath Square
Bonfanti
Capocci
Malvermi
Melly
Secchi
Toomey