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Bellmoor House Plaque

Above: A hard plaque to read. This image has already been enhanced in an attempt to make the lettering stand out. Beside East Heath Road, at its highest point in Hampstead, near the junction with Heath Street is a large … Continue reading

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Constable, John at Hampstead

Above: A painting of Hampstead, c1820, Heath by John Constable. People often comment on a famous person in history and say ‘It would be fascinating to see what the place looked like when he was alive.’ In the case of … Continue reading

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Jack Straw’s Castle

Above: The view was taken when the building was in use as a pub. Jack Straw’s Castle is not a castle. It used to be a large pub which has, unfortunately, long since closed down for serving drinks. It is … Continue reading

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Fleet, River at Hampstead

Above: One of the many ponds at Hampstead. There is no shortage of water at Hampstead. There were, of course, the Hampstead Wells which derived from springs in the ground. If you look at a map of Hampstead Heath and … Continue reading

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Church Row, Hampstead

Above: Looking along Church Row towards the parish church of St John. There are certain streets in Inner London that just do not seem to change. One of them is Church Row in Hampstead. It is the charming street that … Continue reading

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Fenton House

Above: The front of Fenton House. The house was built in 1693, designed by William Eades. It is a fine example of William and Mary architecture. It is a detached house with a walled garden, which is large by London … Continue reading

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Hampstead Wells

Above: Site of the original well. The plaque reads ‘To the memory of the Honourable Susanna Noel who with her son Baptist, third Earl of Gainsborough, gave this well together with six acres of land to the use and benefit … Continue reading

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Burgh House

Above: The house seen from Well Walk, which runs along its south side. Burgh House was constructed in 1704 during the reign of Queen Anne. At that time the Hampstead Wells Spa nearby was flourishing. In 1720 the Spa’s physician, … Continue reading

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Keats House

Above: The front of Keats House. John Keats, English poet, (1795-1821) was born in Moorgate on 31 October 1795. He was the eldest child of the manager of a London livery-stable. After a riding accident in 1804, in which his … Continue reading

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Downshire Hill

Above: A rather grand Victorian balcony on one of the larger houses in the road. Bearing in mind that Hampstead is situated in a hilly area, Downshire Hill is really a gentle slope compared with some of the other hills … Continue reading

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