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Suburb, existing between the 1730s and now

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North End

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2017

North End is a village-like area between Hampstead and Golders Green.

North End was the site of an Anglo-Saxon boundary points: Sandgate.

A wood, Wildwood, part of Eton College’s Wyldes estate in Hendon, probably originally extended across to the northern slopes of Hampstead Heath and by 1632 it marked the parish boundary. Until c. 1730 the ancient route across the heath to Hendon took a sharp westward turn, before turning north again. Its twists were presumably imposed by obstacles, probably dense woodland, at the location marked as Wildwood Corner c. 1672. About 1730 a cutting was made through the heath west of the old route, creating the modern North End Way (formerly Road), a more direct route to Hendon.

North End was the home of William Pitt the Elder in 1766–67. Wylde’s Farm has played host to William Blake and the ubiquitous Dickens. Some of its lands were bought in 1905 to become the Heath Extension. From 1906 to 1940 the farmhouse belonged to Raymond Unwin, architect of Hampstead Garden Suburb. In 1912 the dancer Anna Pavlova bought Ivy House, and lived here until she died in 1931.

North End was to have had the deepest tube station in London – at the Bull and Bush – but residents’ objections prevented it from ever opening. In the 1950s the partially built lower level was converted into an under­ground control centre for ‘floodgates’ on the deep tubes around central London. In case these gates should ever need to be used in a war situation the control room is allegedly ‘blast-​​protected’ – even against sustained nuclear attack.

Recent years have seen a growing number of ‘futur­ist­ically’ styled properties inserted into North End – to the distress of some residents who want to preserve its rural charm.


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North End

North End

NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Spaniards Inn The Spaniards Inn lies in Hampstead Lane on the way from Hampstead to Highgate and on the edge of Hampstead Heath.

THE STREETS OF NORTH END
Inverforth Close, NW3 Inverforth Close is a road in the NW3 postcode area
Mountview Close, NW11 Mountview Close is a road in the NW11 postcode area
North End Avenue, NW3 North End Avenue runs south from North End.
North End Way, NW3 North End Way is the name for the southernmost section of North End Road - running from Hampstead to Golders Green.
North End, NW3 North End is a street in Hampstead.
Sandy Road, NW3 Sandy Road is a road in the NW3 postcode area
Sandy Road, NW3 Sandy Road is a road in the NW11 postcode area
The Limes, NW3 The Limes replaced the Hare and Hounds pub which previously stood here.
The Village, NW3 The Village is a street in Hampstead.
Wildwood Grove, NW3 Wildwood Grove was a terraced row begun in the 1860s.
Wyldes Close, NW3 Wyldes Close is a road in the NW3 postcode area




LOCAL PHOTOS
The Old Bull and Bush
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North End Road, NW11
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Whitestone Pond (1900s)
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The Old Bull and Bush
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Heath House, Hampstead
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Whitestone Pond (1900s)
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Turners Wood
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