Category: Hampstead

Pitt House

From “Hampstead, its historic houses, its literary and artistic associations” Anna Maxwell (1912) Pitt House, known in the eighteenth century as Wildwoods and North End Place, has now attained its due name of honour, for here once lived the great statesman. It was during the retirement of the first Earl of Chatham, from 1766 to …

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Featured streets are gleaned from the various Conservation Area guides issued by the London Borough of Camden. ABBEY ROAD (1824) Abbey Road at the northeast of the St John’s Wood West area was laid out in 1824 along an earlier medieval track. ABERDARE GARDENS (1893) The last road to be developed in the area was …

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The Bull and Bush

In the hamlet of North End stands the ” Bull and Bush ” Inn, the supposed date of which is 1645. For many years a farmhouse, it afterwards became the private residence of Hogarth, an interesting memorial of whom is the ring of aged yew-trees which are said to have been planted by the painter …

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South Hampstead

CITATIONS First mention should go to Gillian Bebbington and her London street name histories.

Maxwell’s Hampstead

From “Hampstead, its historic houses, its literary and artistic associations”, Anna Maxwell (1912)  PRIORY LODGE. That ” small house ” has been enlarged, and become the present Priory Lodge, which, happily for the pilgrim’s purpose, remains untenanted and in the care of a person who can point out the original Johnson rooms, also facilitating a …

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Heath House, Hampstead

From “Hampstead, its historic houses, its literary and artistic associations” Anna Maxwell (1912) The fine old house which stands full-face to the pond was bought in the year 1790 by Samuel Hoare, of the old Norfolk Quaker family, who had joined the firm of bankers in Lombard Street in 1772. During the residence of Mr. …

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Jack Straw’s Castle

The following appeared in the 1912 volume: “Hampstead, its historic houses, its literary and artistic associations” by Anna Maxwell Beyond the flagstaff and on the same side of the pond stands the “Castle” Hotel where the Court Leet met. Concerning the full title of this inn, it is extremely doubtful whether Wat Tyler’s chief captain ever …

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1762: Hampstead Town

This image illustrates Hampstead in the year 1762, showing notable buildings, inns and public houses. Source: T F T Baker, Diane K Bolton and Patricia E C Croot, ‘Hampstead: Hampstead Town’, in A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 9, Hampstead, Paddington, ed. C R Elrington (London, 1989), pp. 15-33. British History Online

Branch Hill Pond

Branch Hill Pond, which was covered in during 1889 because of the building of a covered reservoir, can still be seen as a distinct hollow in the heath which is still grassland even now. John Constable (1776-1837) came to Hampstead Heath in the late summer of 1819, seeking relief from urban London for his family …

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Whitestone Pond

Whitestone Pond lies 135 metres above the London Basin, and at the summit of Hampstead Heath marks the highest point in London. This area, lying above the pond, is the source of one of London’s “lost” rivers, the River Westbourne. These headwaters gathered to form the pond before heading off in a southwesterly direction. The …

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