St John's Gate badge on sale May

St Johns Gate badge

A depiction of iconic Islington landmark and historic home of the Order of St John, St John's Gate, can now be worn as a pin badge to commemorate the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

Selected by the public, the historic structure was Islington’s entry for the Landmark London series, which features a stylised metal badge for each of London’s boroughs, and goes on sale at the beginning of May.

Proud councillor

Councillor Terry Stacy, Leader of the Islington Council, was presented with the first badge produced for the borough at a London Councils Leaders Committee meeting in March.

I have been wearing my badge with pride.

Councillor Terry Stacy
Leader of the Islington Borough Council

He said: ‘Islington has lots of attractions that are fit for a badge, but I certainly believe St John's Gate is a worthy winner and it's wonderful to see the final design.  I've been wearing my badge with pride.

‘I am really looking forward to London 2012, and hope this badge will help build the excitement and help bring people to see what Islington has to offer.’

Historical significance

St John’s Gate was originally the entrance to the inner precinct of the Priory of the Knights Hospitallers (Order of St John). At various points in history it has been the site for Edward Cave’s original printing press, a workplace for author Samuel Johnson, and where painter William Hogarth lived as a child. It is now the home of the Museum of the Order of St John – currently being redeveloped, with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund, and due to open in September. The Gate also was the original home of St John Ambulance.

The badge will be available from Runner’s Need, Crest of London, World Duty Free and the Museum of London.