Streets of Highgate

Streets of Highgate

Streets of Highgate, subtitled 'A survey of streets, buildings and former residents in a part of Camden', edited by Steven Denford and David A. Hayes

Published by the Camden History Society in 2007, 128 pages. Rectangular paperback - c.20cm by 14cm (N6761)

From the inside front cover: This book... covers the part of Highgate that lies in Camden, but to make historical sense of the area, which has so long been split between different ecclesiastical and local administrations, we occasionally trespass into the neighbouring boroughs of Haringey and Islington. The borough boundary between Camden and Haringey - which runs up Highgate Hill and the High Street and then along Hampstead Lane - forms our north-eastern and northern boundary, but we describe properties on both sides of these roads. To the west, Highgate abuts on Hampstead Heath. To the south lies Dartmouth Park, described in Streets of Kentsh Town except for the former Coutts estate, which stretched south to present-day Croftdown Road, and is included in this volume. Our eastern boundary runs up Dartmouth Park Hill to join Highgate Hill, taking in Highgate New Town, but we also cover local landmarks such as St Joseph's and the Whittington Hospital, which both lie in Islington.

We explore our survey area in a series of six long walks. We start with Highgate's historic core, which developed from the 14th century by the gate into the Bishop of London's park. Highgate attracted the wealthy from late medieval times, and we chart its development from aristocratic retreat to exclusive residences for lawyers and merchants in the 18th and 19th centuries and for the rich and famous of more recent times. Some of the streets we pass are gated and barred; others, while private, can be entered on foot, but with discretion. The area's atmosphere is enhanced by its proximity to Hampstead Heath, the large open spaces of Waterlow Park - and picturesque Highgate Cemetery, which is described in a separate section.

Notable former residents of Highgate are legion and in certain streets we have had to be selective in our approach, while aiming to be reasonably comprehensive!.
Contents include:

Diagram of the walks
List of of illustrations and maps
Historical overview
Highgate Cemetery
Present Street names and their origins
Route 1 Highgate Village Circular walk from the Gatehouse
Route 2 Waterlow Park & Highgate Hill Circular walk from the upper (Highgate High Street) entrance to Waterlow Park
Route 3 Around Fitzroy Park Circular walk from the Gatehouse
Route 4 Highgate West Hill & Millfield Lane Downhill walk from the corner of The Grove and Highgate West Hill to Swain's Lane
Route 5 Highgate New Town Downhill walk from Highgate Hill to Swain's Lane
Route 6 Holly Lodge and the Coutts estate Downhill walk from Holly Lodge Gardens to Swain's Lane

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.
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