500 years

500th Anniversary


From July 2017 to June 2018, the charity celebrated the 500th anniversary of Richard Cloudesley’s bequest and its enduring legacy in Islington. An additional grants budget of £1.2 million was agreed to mark the anniversary.  The majority of this funding was awarded to local voluntary organisations, schools and churches during 2017/18, with the balance set aside for 2018/19.


The 500th anniversary was also marked by a number of special activities and events:


*   The refurbishment of Richard Cloudesley’s tomb at St Mary’s Church, Islington


*   An anniversary service in commemoration of Richard Cloudesley’s gift to launch the 500th anniversary year, at which an address was given by the Bishop of Stepney


*   Dr Cathy Ross undertook further research into and wrote a report on the 500 years of Richard Cloudesley’s legacy in Islington. You can download the full research report here


*   The production of a history booklet and information banners, which toured all of Islington’s Church of England churches and public libraries during 2017/18


*   Three performances of a specially commissioned choral work, The Stony Field, by local community choir, Vox Holloway


*   Specially commissioned guided walks, Cloudesley: Cattle, Churches & Charity, developed and led by an experienced guide from the Clerkenwell & Islington Guides Association