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The Manor of Belsize dates back to 1317, with the name is derived from French bel assis meaning 'well situated'.

Belsize Manor was built by Daniel O'Neill for his wife, the Countess of Chesterfield, in the 17th century. Urbanisation took place largely between 1852 and 1878, by which time it extended to Haverstock Hill. After World War I, the construction of blocks of flats began, and now a great many of the larger houses are also converted into flats.

Belsize Park underground station was opened on 22 June 1907 by the Charing Cross, Euston & Hampstead Railway as an intermediate station on its line from Charing Cross to Hampstead. It is served by three lifts and there are 219 steps. The station was designed by Leslie Green and has his familiar facade of ox-blood faience with four round arched windows. It remained largely untouched until the late 1980s when the lifts were replaced and a new ticketing system installed.

It was during the 1930s that Belsize Park contributed most to the artistic and intellectual life of Hampstead. Artists associated with the Mall studios included Dame Barbara Hepworth from 1927 to 1939, her first husband John Skeaping and second Ben Nicholson from 1931 to 1939, and Henry Moore, who lived at no. 11A Parkhill Road from 1929 to 1940. They were members of Unit One, a group of artists and architects founded in 1933 by Paul Nash (1889-1946), who lived at no. 3 Eldon Grove from 1936 to 1939. Sir Herbert Read, the poet and art critic, who lived in 1934-5 at the Mall studios, which he described as a 'nest of gentle artists', published the group's manifesto, a theory of modern style.

Another centre was no. 37 Belsize Park Gardens, meeting place of MARS, an architectural group, and home of Jack Pritchard, who founded Isokon, a firm making modern furniture designed by people like Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer, refugees who brought a European dimension to the abstract design movement in the arts. Others included Piet Mondrian, the Dutch painter, who stayed with the Pritchards before moving to no. 60 Parkhill Road (1938-41). Pritchard also commissioned Wells Coates in 1934 to build the Isokon or Lawn Road flats, partly to house artistic refugees, on a site which he owned. Built in concrete in a functional style, the flats came to be recognized as 'a milestone in the introduction of the modern idiom into London'.

In World War II, a large underground air-raid shelter was built here and its entrance can still be seen near the tube station at Downside Crescent. The area on Haverstock Hill north of Belsize Park underground station up to Hampstead Town Hall and including part of a primary school near the Royal Free Hospital was heavily bombed.

Belsize Park these days is a lively area with many restaurants, pubs and cafés along Haverstock Hill and also England's Lane.

Glossary: A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 9, edited by C R Elrington.



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Belsize Park (1917)

Belsize Park (1917)
Robert Polhill Bevan (1865-1925)

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The Load of Hay The Load of Hay was established by 1721.

THE STREETS OF BELSIZE PARK
Adamson Road, NW3 Adamson Road is named after either a contractor or architect to Eton College.
Adelaide Road, NW3 Adelaide Road was begun in 1837 as William IV’s reign drew to a close.
Akenside Road, NW3 Akenside Road is a street named after a famous local resident.
Antrim Mansions, NW3 Antrim Mansions is a street in Hampstead.
Antrim Road, NW3 Antrim Road is a street in Hampstead.
Aspern Grove, NW3 Aspern Grove is a street in Hampstead.
Baynes Mews, NW3 Baynes Mews is a mews within the conservation area of Belsize Park.
Belsize Avenue, NW3 Belsize Avenue was once the driveway to the former Belsize House.
Belsize Court Garages, NW3 Belsize Court Garages were built by Willett in around 1880 as livery stables.
Belsize Crescent, NW3 Belsize Crescent is a street in Hampstead.
Belsize Lane, NW3 Belsize Lane is a thoroughfare linking Rosslyn Hill with Swiss Cottage.
Belsize Mews, NW3 This is a street in the NW3 postcode area
Belsize Park Gardens, NW3 Belsize Park Gardens is a street in Hampstead.
Belsize Park Mews, NW3 Belsize Park Mews lies in the Belsize Park Conservation Area.
Belsize Place, NW3 Belsize Place is a street in Hampstead.
Briary Close, NW3 Briary Close is a street in Hampstead.
Buckland Crescent, NW3 Buckland Crescent is a street in Hampstead.
Chalcot Gardens, NW3 Chalcot Gardens is a street in Hampstead.
Connaught Mews, NW3 Connaught Mews is a street in Hampstead.
Crossfield Road, NW3 Crossfield Road is a street in Hampstead.
Daleham Mews, NW3 Daleham Mews is a mews in Belsize Park.
Eton Court, NW3 Eton Court is a street in Hampstead.
Eton Garages, NW3 Eton Garages is a street in Hampstead.
Eton Villas, NW3 Eton Villas is a street in Hampstead.
Fellows Road, NW3 Fellows Road is a street in Hampstead.
Glenilla Road, NW3 Glenilla Road is a street in Hampstead.
Gordon House Road, NW3 Gordon House Road is a street in Hampstead.
Haverstock Hill, NW3 Haverstock Hill is a street in Hampstead.
Hillfield Court Hillfield Court is a prominent art deco residential mansion block in Belsize Park, in the London Borough of Camden, built in 1934.
Hillfield Court, NW3 Hillfield Court serves a prominent art deco residential mansion block of the same name in Belsize Park.
Howitt Close, N16 Howitt Close is a road in the N16 postcode area
Huson Close, NW3 Huson Close is a street in Hampstead.
Lambolle Road, NW3 Lambolle Road is a street in Hampstead.
Lowlands, NW3 Lowlands is a street in Hampstead.
Lyndhurst Terrace, NW3 Lyndhurst Terrace is a street in Hampstead.
Maitland Park Villas, NW3 Maitland Park Villas is a street in Hampstead.
Nutley Terrace, NW3 Nutley Terrace is a street in Hampstead.
Parkhill Road, NW3 Parkhill Road is a street in Hampstead.
Princess Mews, NW3 Princess Mews is a mews of Belsize Park.
Rosslyn Hill, NW3 Rosslyn Hill is a road connecting the south end of Hampstead High Street to the north end of Haverstock Hill.
Southampton Road, NW3 Southampton Road is a street in Hampstead.
Steele?s Mews South, NW3 Steele?s Mews South is a street in Hampstead.
Steele?s Road, NW3 Steele?s Road is a street in Hampstead.
Tobin Close, NW3 Tobin Close is a street in Hampstead.
Tudor Close, NW3 Tudor Close is a street in Hampstead.
Upper Park Road, NW3 Upper Park Road is a street in Hampstead.
Wedderburn Road, NW3 Wedderburn Road is a street in Hampstead.
Wood Field, NW3 Wood Field is a street in Hampstead.
Woodland Walk, NW6 Woodland Walk is a road in the NW6 postcode area




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