The Streets of Hampstead, by Christopher Wade

The Streets of Hampstead, by Christopher Wade

The Streets of Hampstead, by Christopher Wade

Published by the Camden History Society in 2000, 96 pages. Rectangular paperback - c.20cm by 14cm (N5770)

From the inside front cover: This book, which we present here in its third edition, was first compiled by Christopher Wade and published by the High Hill Press in 1972. It proved to be the first in a series of historical street surveys that have been prepared by members of the Camden History Society...

Although the recorded history of Hampstead goes back to the 10th century, the oldest surviving buildings in what is now regarded as Hampstead village (i.e., disregarding other parts of the ancient Manor of Hampstead like Belsize Park and West Hampstead) date from the late 17th century. There was a growth spurt in the 18th and then again in the 19th century, with the sale of manorial land on the western slopes, coupled with some redevelopment. A few of the original large houses near Hampstead Heath remain, in part because they were occupied by powerful protagonists of the preservation of the Heath itself. The proximity of the Heath has had different effects, both direct and indirect, on the character of Hampstead buildings and the streets in which they stand.

As with the later books in the series, the surveys have been arranged (and sometimes rearranged) as a number of walks, none very taxing, although some - such as those dealing with the expansive 19th-century building of villas on the western slopes - cover more ground than those dealing with the crowded, and historically rich, inner part of town. The book can, if you absolutely insist, be enjoyed from the comfort of an armchair, but is much more rewarding if you look for yourself at Hampstead's many current visual delights. Although the book includes a rich selection of pictures, our policy as a historical society is, in general, to illustrate only what has already passed into the past.
Contents include:

Route 1: The Manor From Frognal to West Heath Road
Route 2: The Grove From Holly Hill to Branch Hill
Route 3: The Wells Between Flask Walk and East Heath Road
Route 4: The Late Developers Between Gayton Road and South End Road
Route 5: The Main Roads Around Heath Street, Hampstead High Street, Rosslyn Hill, Fitzjohns Avenue and Church Row
Route 6: The Outskirts North End Way, Spaniards Road and the Vale of Health

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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