Flitcroft

Agricultural Estate in/near Fortune Green, existed between 1626 and 1883

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Flitcroft

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Flitcroft was a 50 acre estate at Fortune Green and West End, named after its owner in the 18th century.

At the core of Flitcroft was 28 acres of land left by Rachel Farby in 1626 to a certain William Clark. In 1756, it was bought by an agent for the architect Henry Flitcroft (or Fleetcroft).

Flitcroft farmhouse lay just north of West End Green but the estate was effectively managed by Flitcroft from his house at Frognal Grove, Hampstead.

By 1866, the estate has passed to Mary Ann Porter. The 20 acres north of Fortune Green was sold to the parish for a cemetery in 1874.

The rest of the estate was given over to the builders in the 1880s. Although the name Parsifal Road was approved in 1883, no houses went up there until the 1890s but Hackney or New College, a brick building with majolica dressings designed by W. P. Manning, was built at the eastern end in 1887.

The National Standard Land Mortgage and Investment Co. constructed Ingham and Burrard roads between Fortune Green Road and Finchley Road in 1885 and 64 small terraced houses were constructed there between 1886 and 1892 by Rathbone, Gray, Pulling, Brown, and other builders, while much of the frontage on Fortune Green Road and Finchley Road was covered with houses and shops.

A Congregational church was built at the junction of Burrard Road and Finchley Roads in 1894. Between 1890 and 1897, about 13 larger detached or semi-detached houses were built in Parsifal Road.

A land company was probably also involved in building lower middle-class terraces on the rest of the Flitcroft estate south of the cemetery and west of Fortune Green, where fear of the cemetery outweighed the advantage of adjacent open space.

W. H. Suttle, of Agamemnon Road, was the main builder of 155 houses in Agamemnon, Ajax, Ulysses, and Achilles Roads between 1886 and 1896.


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Flitcroft Estate
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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Beckford’s Estate Beckfords, belonging to the family of the same name, consisted of 15 acres north of Mill Lane and west of Fortune Green Lane.
Canterbury House In the last half of the nineteenth century, a white house called Canterbury was built on the then southern fringes of West End.
Cedars A local West Hampstead builder, Thomas Potter, constructed Cedars in 1878.
Cholmley Lodge Cholmley Lodge, a two storeyed stuccoed house, was built in 1813.
Cock and Hoop The Cock and Hoop Inn was standing on the corner of West End Lane and Fortune Green Road by 1723.
Flitcroft Flitcroft was a 50 acre estate at Fortune Green and West End, named after its owner in the 18th century.
Fortune Green Fortune Green was originally part of the district of Hampstead but became physically separated from it by the building of the new turnpike road (now Finchley Road) in the 1830s.
Fortune Green Fortune Green lies to the north of the ancient village of West End.
Hackney College The Village Itinerancy Society, a Congregationalist college, was transformed into Hackney Theological Seminary.
Hampstead Cricket Club Hampstead Cricket Club moved to its Lymington Road site in 1877.
Hillfield By 1644 Hillfield was already mentioned in parish records.
Lauriston Lodge Lauriston Lodge, now the site of Dene Mansions, was a large house in West Hampstead.
Mill Lane, looking east (1900s) Mill Lane is one of the major thoroughfares of West Hampstead.
National School A National School was established in West End during 1844.
New West End New West End was created in the 1840s on the Finchley Road.
Poplar House Poplar House was occupied by one of the first developers of West Hampstead, Thomas Potter.
Potter’s Iron Foundry In the nineteenth century, many West Hampstead people had jobs in Potter’s Iron Foundry.
Ripley House Jeremy Jepson Ripley built a house and coach house after 1814, with a large garden north of Lauriston Lodge.
Sandwell House Sandwell House was owned by three generations of the Wachter family.
The Black Lion The Old Black Lion was established in 1751 as a beer house.
Thorplands Thorplands was an estate south of Mill Lane.
Treherne House Treherne House was built in the mid eighteenth century,
West Cottages, NW6 Cottages in London NW6.
West End Hall West End Hall (once called New West End Hall) was one of the mansions of West End (West Hampstead).
Woodbine Cottage Woodbine Cottage was situated at the south-eastern corner of the Flitcroft estate.

NEARBY STREETS
Achilles Road, NW6 Achilles Road is a road in Fortune Green, NW6
Agamemnon Road, NW6 Agamemnon Road runs from Ajax Road to Hillfield Road.
Ajax Road, NW6 Ajax Road was first developed in 1886.
Aldred Road, NW6 Aldred Road was named after Aldred, Archbishop of York.
Alvanley Gardens, NW6 Alvanley Gardens was named after a resident of Frognal Hall.
Avenue Mansions, NW3 Avenue Mansions is a street in Hampstead.
Berridge Mews, NW6 Berridge Mews is in Fortune Green, NW6
Beswick Mews, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Bracknell Gardens, NW3 Bracknell Gardens is a street in Hampstead.
Bracknell Way, NW3 Bracknell Way is a road in the NW3 postcode area
Brassey Road, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Broomsleigh Street, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Buckingham Mansions, NW6 Buckingham Mansions is a residential block in Fortune Green, NW6
Burrard Road, NW6 Burrard Road runs north from Fortune Green Road.
Cannon Hill, NW6 Cannon Hill is a road in Fortune Green, NW6
Carlton Mews, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Cholmley Gardens, NW6 Cholmley Gardens is an unofficial road off of Mill Lane, Fortune Green, NW6
Crediton Hill, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Croft Way, NW3 Croft Way is a street in Hampstead.
Croftway, NW3 Croftway is a street in Hampstead.
Dennington Park Road, NW6 About 1881 Dennington Park Road was constructed on the line of Sweetbriar Walk, the old path to Lauriston Lodge.
Dornfell Street, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Fawley Road, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Fortune Green Road, NW6 Fortune Green Road is the main road running through Fortune Green, NW6
Frognal Lane, NW3 Frognal Lane is a street in Hampstead.
Glastonbury Street, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Glenbrook Road, NW6 Glenbrook Road lies to the west of West Hampstead.
Greenaway Gardens, NW3 Greenaway Gardens is a street in Hampstead.
Harvard Court, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Heath Drive, NW3 Heath Drive, one of the roads connecting Hampstead with the Finchley Road was originally West Hampstead Avenue.
Hillfield Road, NW6 Hillfield Road is named for an old West Hampstead agricultural estate.
Hillside Court, NW3 Hillside Court is a location in London.
Holmdale Road, NW6 Holmdale Road runs from Mill Lane to Dennington Park Road in West Hampstead.
Honeybourne Road, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Ingham Road, NW6 Ingham Road is a street in Hampstead.
Inglewood House, NW6 Inglewood House is on the corner of West End Lane and Inglewood Road.
Inglewood Road, NW6 Inglewood Road, NW6 was one of the last roads to be built in West End, West Hampstead.
Kingdon Road, NW6 Kingdon Road connects Sumatra Road and Dennington Park Road.
Langland Crescent, HA7 Langland Crescent is a location in London.
Lymington Road, NW6 Lymington Road is a street in London NW6
Lyncroft Gardens, NW6 Lyncroft Gardens is a street in Fortune Green, NW6
Marlborough Mansions, NW6 Marlborough Mansions is a residential block in Fortune Green, NW6
Mill Lane, NW6 Mill Lane forms the boundary between Fortune Green and West Hampstead.
Minton Mews, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Narcissus Road, NW6 Narcissus Road lies in London NW6
Norman Terrace, NW6 Norman Terrace is a street in Fortune Green, NW6
Oakhill Avenue, NW3 Oakhill Avenue is a street in Hampstead.
Orestes Mews, NW6 Orestes Mews is a small cul-de-sac in Fortune Green, NW6
Osprey Court 256-258a, NW3 Osprey Court 256-258a is a location in London.
Palace Court, NW3 Palace Court is a street in Hampstead.
Pandora Road, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Parsifal Road, NW6 Parsifal Road runs from Finchley Road to Fortune Green Road.
Ravenshaw Street, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Rose Joan Mews, NW6 Rose Joan Mews is a small cul-de-sac in Fortune Green, NW6
Salmon Mews, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Sandwell Crescent, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Solent Road, NW6 Solent Road is a street in West Hampstead.
Spode Walk, NW6 Street/road in London NW6
Studholme Court, NW3 Studholme Court is a street in Hampstead.
Sumatra Road, NW6 Sumatra Road, NW6 dates from the 1870s.
The Mansions, NW6 The Mansions is a residential block on the north side of Mill Lane.
The Octagon 527a, NW3 The Octagon 527a is a location in London.
Ulysses Road, NW6 Ulysses Road is one of a series of streets named after the Trojan War.
Weech Road, NW6 Weech Road is a street in Fortune Green, NW6
Welbeck Mansions, NW6 Welbeck Mansions, flats notable for their ironwork balconies, were built north of Inglewood Road in 1897.
West Cottages, NW6 West Cottages is a road in the NW6 postcode area
Worcester Mews, NW3 Street/road in London NW6
Worcester Mews, NW6 Worcester Mews is a location in London.


Fortune Green

Fortune Green was originally part of the district of Hampstead but became physically separated from it by the building of the new turnpike road (now Finchley Road) in the 1830s.

The name of Fortune Green is derived from foran-tune meaning in front of the tun, probably an inn in the area.

Originally Fortune Green was a patch of manorial waste, now in the north of the ward, where local residents had the right to graze animals, dig turf and play sports. The Green dwindled considerably in the 19th century when the lord of the manor granted enclosure rights for about a third of the area.

Lying on the south-west side of the Finchley Road, Hampstead town council decided to build its overflow cemetery here in the 1840s.

The arrival of the Midland Railway in 1871 brought rapid development and many large houses were demolished in favour of higher density buildings. Victorian residential buildings display considerable variety in their design and detail and there are a number of large distinctive red brick mansion blocks, most of which have remained unaltered.


LOCAL PHOTOS
Extract from the London Gazette
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Wet Fish Cafe
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The Alice House
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The Black Lion (early 1900s)
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Victorian art work
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Fortune Green
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Eustace Hamilton Miles
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Kilburn Grange Park
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Billy Fury Way
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In the neighbourhood...

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Wet Fish Cafe
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The Alice House
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The Black Lion (early 1900s)
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Victorian art work
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Fortune Green
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Eustace Hamilton Miles
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Parsifal Road, NW6 was approved in 1883. Between 1890 and 1897, thirteen large detached and semi-detached houses were built in the road in a distinctive Hampstead fin-de-siècle style.
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Houses in Dennington Park Road
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Narcissus Road, an album by The Hours.
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Sumatra Road, West Hampstead. Houses opposite Kingdon Road.
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