Wednesday, 27 February 2008
Tuesday, 26 February 2008
I've always liked the row of shops along from the Alliance Pub and near West Hampstead Community Association.
There's now a great cake shop there so it's more than worth while.
Sunday, 24 February 2008
The inscription (above the window) reads 'Rebuilt 1890' - but because the building is so high, on a hill and at a fairly steep point you have to really stop, step back and look up to appreciate it to the full.
But it sure is a joy to behold.
Also in the way of charm is this old water well drinking point. In contrast this is at street level but is slightly hidden at the point it sits as it's not a natural pedestrian crossing - being between Mulberry Close and Vane Close and near the pederestian crossing on the hill...
A tad religious for me, but the extent it adds to the local charm is pretty good - and it does reflect a different age in a way that is quite special.
Saturday, 23 February 2008
"HAMPSTEAD LIBERAL CLUB
Foundation stone laid by
SIR CHARLES RUSSELL Q.C. M.P.
20th July 1889
S.A.LYON. ESQ. TREASURER
Spalding and Cross, Architects
Allison and Foskett, Builders"
In 1880 the Hampstead Liberal Association was formed and worked out of 13 High Street but them moved to 1 Downshire Hill by 1885 (this appears to have been a correspondence address). it was then renting at 31 High Street in 1888 before moving to the newly built headquarters at 24 Heath Street from 1889.
The offices were still in operation in 1925 and disposal may have taken place any time after that - it certainly co-incides with the split and decline that then ensued in the Liberal Party.
It's just by the current zebra crossing opposite Tesco (the old dairy).
Sir Charles Russell as QC is pictured left here practising as a barrister.
If you google him then you can find a case he was involved in of BRACEWELL V BRACEWELL SMITH AND THRELFALL
Nancy Jirira was elected as the new councillor for Fortune Green with a whopping 51% of the vote and a majority of over 600 votes.
The Tories threw absolutely everything at this election, lots of Labour canvassers (though few Labour Camden councillors in evidence on the doorsteps!) and Nancy still won through.
Good luck to Nancy - she's a strong community champion, she joins Russell Eagling and Flick Rea on the team and will really stand up for Fortune Green's residents.
Well done, best wishes.
Wednesday, 20 February 2008
"GREEN & EDWARDS
As wall paintings/murals go this is a pretty good one - but still not competing with the triumph on Kilburn High Road.
Judging by the number of people I see stopping to read them I guess I'm not the only one who takes an interest in these.
This is West Hampstead Branch Library (obscured by the handrail!):
This stone was laid on 17th July 1954
His Worship The Mayor
Councillor Emmanuel Snowman JP
Councillor Geoffrey Finsberg
Chairman of the Public Libraries Committee
S.J. Butcher F.L.A.
P.H. Harrold O.B.E.
Of course, Councillor Snowman now has a block named after him in Kilburn and Councillor Finsberg went on to be MP for Hampstead and Highgate.
Tuesday, 19 February 2008
As was the fashion and in turn with Hampstead's intellectual left tradition, Gaitskell lived here amongst the set that dominated Labour politics for much of the middle 50 years of the 20th century.
He was leader of the Labour Party from 1955 to 1963 and has what can only be called a mixed reputation - further coloured by his early and untimely death.
Much compared to Blair (often unfairly) and too often remembered for having taken on his left wing within the Party.
I was reminded of this picture - which I took ages ago, by the passing of Peggy Jay and Rose Hacker - two long serving Labour (most of the time) stalwarts.
Monday, 18 February 2008
Saturday, 16 February 2008
There is also the control box at the platform join at the bottom of the escalators, but the colours of the tiling are really strong and vibrant.
Thursday, 14 February 2008
- Child's Hill, Barnet
- Highgate Village
- East Finchley
- Alexandra Park Road, Haringey
- Penine Parade, Barnet
- Glebe Road, Finchley
- Watford Way
Some of this just feels like spite - it isn't something that many of the post offices themselves want, there has been no real process for discussing this at all and the consultation is notoriously slow and unresponsive.
South End Green is especially cruel after the battle to save it two years ago - Belsize is just plain vicious - after Belsize Village closed it was promised that there would be another location found, and now they close England's lane - and Highgate feels like a deliberate attempt to rip out the heart from the community that already has lost too many community features it had but five years ago.
I guess we now know the answer to that question from the Labour Government...
Wednesday, 13 February 2008
As an amenity, as apiece of architecture, instilling a sense of place to an otherwise small piece of land. It dominates the green, has been carefully restored and is now working again with proper wet flowing water.
Of course, this was all understood by our forebears which is why they didn't make public water features just a tap or water stand - they made them fully fledged fountains or troughs... And today we are reaping the multiple benefits.
The sense of good quality is there too with the bowl, the lion heads on the side and also the neptune faces on the bowl - all good stuff...
It's features such as this that give a sense of pride, upkeep and preserve within the ravages of London life a bit of the village that all of us find a little appealing. I know, it's curious, but it's definitely there as an atmosphere and the fountain is part of that.
Monday, 11 February 2008
In simple terms here are four of the ‘connections’:
The Powell- Cotton family owned vast tracts of the land along the Edgware Road (now Kilburn High Road) and gradually started the process of cashing in on their land as demand for housing development grew.
Most of the places were named after the Powell-Cotton links in Kent and their own estate of Quex Park or places in Africa and India that Major Percy Horace Gordon Powell-Cotton (1866-1940) visited (pic. left).
The Major made over 28 expeditions to Africa and his records, collections and trophies, now much frowned upon as a sport, are being used as an amazing anthropological resource for conservation and wildlife charities.
Menelik was a personal choice after he had an audience with the then famous Ethiopian Emperor Menelik II (pic. below left).
The speed of the local developments in West Hampstead/Cricklewood/Kilburn development was pretty intense and this is the source of many of the street names.
You really get a sense of the scale of building that was happening and also the money that would have changed hands (presumably giving the Powell-Cotton family significant income at a time when there was a lot of spending on the world travel!
The chronology works something like this (I have plundered a host of sources here!):
1855 plans for Shoot-Up-Hill were drawn up but then deferred for greater clarity on what was planned for the new railway lines.
1866 plans approved for the Liddell estate of Quex Road, Birchington Road and Mutrix Road.
1890s plans were approved for north of Mill Lane
- Fordwych Road by 1892 and houses built between 1892 and 1907.
- Minster Road between 1891 and 1900
- Gondar Gardens between 1892 and 1896, with the flats going up in 1899
- Westbere Road between 1893 and 1904
- Sarre Road from 1896 and 1904
- Skardu Road in 1897
- Manstone Road (15 houses in 1899-1900)
- Rondu Road (6 houses in 1900)
1890’s and 1900’s then saw the Cricklewood Broadway and Parade areas developing
- Richborough Road in 1885 and then again from 1892 to 1899
- Ebbsfleet Road, named in 1893
- Somali Road between 1904 and 1908
- Asmara Road had a couple of houses in 1912
- Menelik Road in 1913.
And the after World War I it resumed in 1918:
- Westbere Road gained 70 houses
- Somali, Menelik, and Asmara roads were further developed between 1922 and 1928.
In World War II the pub was very badly damaged after being bombed by a landmine, and the present mock-castle style in fact just dates from 1962 or 1964. It is grade two listed however, the coaching inn dating from at least 1721 (when the old watering hole was re-built). Charles Dickens, William Makepeace Thackerary and Wilkie Collins were all known to have drunk here in the 19th century.
However, the name and crucially it’s location derives from the Peasants Revolt of 1381. Now dryly described as being 12 North End Way, Hampstead, London, NW3, this address hides the historical story of this meeting point and of Jack Straw.
Jack Straw was one of the leaders of the Peasants Revolt of 1381 – a rebellion against poll tax and restrictions on labour and wages. Wat Tyler, Jon Ball and jack Straw were the main leaders and they were incredibly successful – claims put their petition as being supported by 60,000 names.
The mass gathering of people supporting the rebellion in 1381 was of course against the young monarch Richard II just 14 years old himself.
The petition called for the abolition of serfdom, tithes and the game laws as well as the right to freely use the forests. They also called that the poll tax be abolished.
The rallying cry of the peasants was a rhyme which spread dissension across the South of England:"When Adam delved and Eve span
Who was then the Gentleman?"
Jack Straw is credited with addressing the massed gathering of rebels from a Hay cart on Hampstead Heath – hence the name and indeed the location. There is little to doubt the story and it has historical confirmation.
Not unsurprisingly the rebellion ended in failure in that Tyler, Straw and Ball were all captured and executed, but the Poll tax was abolished… But he also has a pub named after him – not much compensation but a story worth telling.
Thursday, 7 February 2008
You can see the four roundels on the building here on the busy Kilburn High Road - it's the junction of West End Lane.
I think I'm there on identifying the roundel portraits but want to just check one more bit to see if I'm correct before posting.
Hang in there friend, I'm nearly there I think.
This is on the corner of Dennington Park Road and West End Lane and is on the building above Lupa. It's a relatively straightforward date plaque, but it is topped by a really attractive gargoyle esq feature. Now I'm sure it's slightly sentimental but these sort of features really add to an area, to the building and to the locality. Here in NW6/NW3 we are especially laden with such features.
In the context of this and seeing that the public library opposite and the fire station a few hundred yards down the road opened in 1901. It made me reflect that West End Lane between the arrival of the railways (1870's) and 1901 when the public facilities went in the local area must have seen amazing level of change.
At this time 1892 it must have been something of a building site on West End Lane and the scale of building work going on must have been huge - in fact the development of the whole area would have been from open fields to close serried streets.
I can almost hear the discussion on the 19th century equivalent of local chat rooms (pubs/bars?) - "oh, stop the development, stop it now. Let's protest." :-)
Wednesday, 6 February 2008
Established in 1720 by the owner of Jack Straw's Castle (a coaching inn) and on a location on the High Street which could access the recently piped water that flowed through Hampstead. The Brewery serviced amongst other places the old Hampstead pub, The King of Bohemia.
This frontage of the brewery was re-built in 1869 and is a great feature of the High Street - the houses behind in the building itself are now Old Brewery Mews.Landlords/owners of the Brewery
John Vincent 1720
Robert Vincent and Richard Vincent 1755
Robert Vincent 1776
Elizabeth Vincent 1787
Messrs. Shepheard and Buckland and Elizabeth Vincent in 1797
Messrs. Shepheard and Buckland and James Buckland in 1812
John Buckland 1827
Thomas Buckland 1834 and 1854
John Tanner Hawkins 1859 (who named it The Hampstead Brewery and rebuilt the building with the current entrance)
Edward Harris 1870 and 1875
Mure and Company c.1880
Closed in 1932
Monday, 4 February 2008
BY ENEMY ACTION
7TH OCTOBER 1940
Sunday, 3 February 2008
It's on Heath Street, just the junction of Church Row, and is a superb example of the type.
There's not really much else to say, but to admire and appreciate.