Streets of Belsize, by Christopher Wade

Streets of Belsize, by Christopher Wade

Subtitled 'A survey of streets, buildings and former residents in a part of Camden'.

Published by the Camden History Society in 2009, 92 pages. Rectangular paperback - c.20cm by 14cm (N6762)

From the inside front cover: This book takes as its survey area the old estate of Belsize, the former Eton College estate and a portion of the former Maryon Wilson estate around Fitzjohn's Avenue, the last-named not being strictly Belsize, but included within the boundaries of the Belsize Residents' Association and the Belsize Park parking zone. The Parliament Hill area is also included, as it was part of the original Belsize estate until cut off from it by the recently renamed London Overground Railway. Many people consider the top end of Haverstock Hill, flanked by a major church and chapel (neither now devoted to religious practice), as the" Gateway to Belsize", so our survey begins there.

Belsize Park, once considered the typical home of hard-up students with bedsits in multi-occupancy large houses, is now one of the smartest of London suburbs, the stamping ground of energetic house agents and home to many of the well-heeled. It has become a beautiful, leafy suburb, thanks in part to the efforts of a strong Conservation Area Advisory Committee and an equally thriving Belsize Residents' Association.

We have not refrained, therefore, from pointing out the visual delights of stained glass, pargetting and carved brickwork which occur in abundance in many of the 19th-century streets. Most of the pre-1800 buildings have disappeared, along with many stately 19th-century mansions, but what has replaced them is often impressive.
Contents include:

Down Haverstock Hill - From Hampstead Green to the Load of Hay
West of Haverstock Hill - From Glenlocn Road to Steeles Road
East of Haverstock Hill - From Downside Crescent to Tasker Road
The Eton College Estate, South - From From Chalk Farm to Swiss Cottage
The Eton College Estate, North - From Fellows Road and Eton Avenue to Chalk Farm
Central Belsize - Circular walk from Haverstock Hill
The Fitzjohn's area - Circular walk from Swiss Cottage
The Lyndhurst area - Circular walk from Rosslyn Hill
Pond Street and the Fleet Road area - Sinuous walk ending at South End Green
From South End Green to Parliament Hill - Circular walk from South End Green

The condition of the book is generally excellent. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover.