Monday, 31 March 2008
Friday, 28 March 2008
It's to the 32 members of staff of Hampstead Borough Council who dies in the First World War.
The Coats of arms is listed in full detail here:
I'm a 'friend' of Hampstead Town Hall and have a real affection for it. Thomas Stearns Elliott was married to Vivien Haigh-Wood there (http://www.galegroup.com/free_resources/poets/bio/eliot_ts.htm), there is also another war memorial for the Boer War, it has great architectural plans on display in the reception area (side room) and has an air of the grandeur with which local government used to conduct itself.
Of course the Town Hall building was famously declared suplus to requirments in 1994 by the Labour Council and that led to the campaign to save it, re-open it and preserve it on a footing for the future.
The war memorial is listed on the national inventory:
http://www.ukniwm.org.uk/server/show/conMemorial.11069/fromUkniwmSearch/1 as is the one from the Boer War:
Thursday, 27 March 2008
As the deadline for responses to the 'consultation' [read 'sham'] get closer temperature is rising.
There is genuine anger and genuine desire to 'do something'.
I think Labour have got themselves onto a very sharp hook and will struggle to shake off this major major blunder...
I am agitated about Post Office closures and in particular the threat to South End Green, England's Lane and Harrow Road - on the one hand it's a great campaign and it's exciting collecting signatures, drafting responses, but crucially on the other hand it really really matters. Beyond the fun as we do the petitions, the campaigns, the leaflets the aim is to save the Post Offices from closure.
MPs voting in the house last week could vote against the closure programme...
Here in Hampstead and Kilburn we have two MPs currently: Sarah Teather MP and Glenda Jackson MP. Both spoke in the debate, both spoke against closures, both have been cited in their press as being against the closures in their area. YET WHEN IT CAME TO THE VOTE GLENDA JACKSON ABSTAINED. Sarah Teather voted against the closures, as did other local Lib Dem MP Lynne Featherstone I'm delighted to say. Frank Dobson MP voted with the Government for the closures.
So here is today's verdict of the local paper the Ham and High (Hampstead and Highgate Express). For a local newspaper and a cartoon this is astonishingly but hilariously damning - It's a huge credit to them for putting their finger bang on the button.
For some of us the Queen's Park by-election (march 13th 2008) wasn't a great shock - but the scale of the victory was at the upper end of anyone's prediction. But it's good to see it on the record.
Well done to Simon Green - he's proving to be a great councillor already and has only done one planning committee for local residents.
Wednesday, 26 March 2008
Monday, 24 March 2008
On Saturday they had an open day type event with a exhibition of birds of prey.
To quote Camden Council website:
"Birds of prey fascinate people. On Saturday 22 March between 11am and 3.00pm you can get up close and personal with a range of native owl and other species, many of them rare.
"They will be on display as part of our ongoing work to raise awareness about nature conservation and offer hands-on opportunities for children and adults."
It was really stunning to see the birds up close. It was great to see how many people were coming along to what was a fairly smallish event - but there was a really steady trickle of people with the crowd rarely dipping below 20-30 people... Snapped this nice little image of local councillor Flick Rea and this lovely barn owl.
Fortune Green is a great open space and is really beginning to benefit from the enhanced care and attention that the Friends are bringing it.
The litter has been minimised through a pretty intensive litter pick the other week, graffiti is dropping and being tackled as it occurs and the paving round the fountain has been improved.
We just need to get the fountain working again now (and a clever source says the pipes are all there - they just need connnecting up)
Sunday, 23 March 2008
It's all part of the heath but of course managed separately - but the vast space and sense of openess is truly magnifcent for this part of urban england.
I have just bought a copy of 'Hampstead Heath, by Deborah Wolton and David McDowell, photographs by Sandra Lousada' and whilst I can't match their pictures - taking pictures of what you see and being able to enjoy them at home is astonishingly satisfying.
So this is just a small photographic reflection of the trees and colour - it's truly awe inspiring in the best possible way and so good and so easy to just sit back and see the natural environment for what it is.
The list of tributes for those who saved and enhanced the Heath is itself interesting:
- The 3rd Earl of Mansfield
- Octavia Hill
- Thomas Barratt
- Henrietta Barnett
- Arthur Crosfield, Robert Waley-Cohen and Henry Goodison
(more to follow I think!)But this fails to recognise the work done by the men and women who work every day and every week on the heath and at Kenwood House.
Since I have served on the management committee, I have come to understand the nuture of the flora, fauna and trees - issues such as pollarding seemed harsh but are in fact necessary: http://www.passionfortrees.co.uk/html/pollard.html. But also to respect and appreciate the tenderness, the care and the love felt by those who work and volunteer on the heath and in its environs.
It also makes for great photography and dramatic shadow on the sky-line...
To see more of these pics you can click on them and they should open up larger if you want.
Saturday, 22 March 2008
Platt's Lane sounds really idylic (and it is) - is one of the most attractive street names around - and yet at the far northern border of the London Borough of Camden - or even on the far south of the London Borough of Barnet is slightly isolated from appreciation.
I remember speaking with Peter Cadogan when he blamed a cleric (bishop?) of St Alban's who had the chance to re-unite Kilburn in the 1300's and who didn't, thus sundering the commujnity of Kilburn into two.
Now of course, Kilburn is a commercial shopping area - in a way that Platt's Lane isn't, but it led me to consider the name origin of 'Platt's'.
Perhaps it was predictable: Thomas Platt owned the area and in about 1810 he bought a farmhouse (with the attendant out-buildings) and enlarged it - then on the border of the heath - it was in an area much more woooded than now, and built what was regarded as a very fashionable and pleasant house.
Before this the landowners were thought to be part of the old Templar estate of North West London (sic. Templar House, West Hampstead)
There is then (post 1830's) pretty fast local development:
- T Howard built Kidderpore Hall, for John Teil, an East India merchant which gives the origin of the name http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kidderpore. (now Kidderpore Avenue and Kidderpore Gardens)
"One of the oldest parts of Calcutta, Kidderpore has a legend as far as its name is concerned. It is said that the British couldn't pronounce bengali. So when they asked for the directions to the port where ships were harboured, their broken hindi sounded somewhat like 'kidder-port' and hence the name Kidderpore came into existence."
- Two lodges were added, one in 1849 on Finchley road, another in 1867 on Platt's Lane.
- Four houses facing Finchley Road were built in the 1840s in the district called New West End (West End of Hampstead).
- By 1870 the farm buildings at Platt's Lane had been replaced by a house.
- Two cottages were built in Platt's Lane by P. Bell of West End in 1875.
- 13 houses, build/designed by George Pritchard, between 1884 and 1886.
Thursday, 20 March 2008
This is on Harrow Road and is the General Cemetery of All Souls, Kensal Green.
It was first used for burials in January 1833 and is still widely in use. There has been some local controversy over the collapsed cemetery wall on Harrow Road, but is widely accepted to be one of the more interesting and historic - it is also one of the more attractive having been established as a garden cemtery.
Interestingly the cemetery is established for dissentors as well as religious and this was a key feature of it's foundation.
William Makepeace Thackerary
Isambard Kindom Brunel
and a few others of note (including several Victorian royals)
For more information try: http://www.kensalgreen.co.uk/
Wednesday, 19 March 2008
I have posted previously about how I liked the old posterboard on the corner of Kingsgate Place and Kilburn High Road and then just a couple of months later I walk past to see it being taken down. So here are the before and after shots...
Does it matter? - well, on the face of it of course it doesn't - times change, life goes on, no-one was hurt or injured - but it seems to me that a small part of the shape of Kilburn, what we see around us is lost each time something like this fairly old posterboard is taken down.
I have suggested before that there should be a fairly comprehensive photographic audit for recording and capturing oldish features like this - otherwise at the whim of a worker, building owner or tenant another feature will be lost with no foresight or insight into their respective significance...
When I identified one of the old features and suggested capturing it and maybe even placing it in a musuem or other place I was chided on www.cityneighbours.com - I'm feeling less chided and a tad disappointed that we have a small loss, so soon in the life of this blog.
Tuesday, 18 March 2008
It is likely that the Priory was founded under Henry's reign - there was something of a growth of religious patronage at this time - the nuns who settled there founded an Augustine community and this is dated to 1134. The Priory grew in size, but rarely in wealth and was dogged by financial problems. However, it was still a significant estate and had a number of elements - church, guesthouse (possibly on the site of the Bell Tavern today - this may even have been the original Red Lion), farmhouse as well as the associated outhouse for animals, grazing, harvest etc - some of these were thought to be on the edge of what is now Grange Park.
Monday, 17 March 2008
(This is NW 6)
Abbot's Road - Abbots Place
Albert Mews - Abbey Mews
Albion Road - Harben Road
Chislett Road - Compayne Gardens
Edward Terrace - Kilburn Place
Goldsmiths Place - Springfield Lane
High Road Kilburn - Kilburn High Road
Manchester Mews - Greville Mews
Munden Cottages - Kilburn Place
Providence Place - Kilburn Place
Saint Georges Road - Priory Terrace
Victoria Mews - Boundary Road
Victoria Yard - Boundary Road
William Terrace - Kilburn Place
Christchurch Road - Christchurch Hill
Church Lane - Perrins Lane
Church Road - Tasker Road
Church Walk - Perrins Walk
College Road - Eton College Road
The Grange - Parkhill Place
The Grove - Hampstead Grove
High Street Hampstead - Hampstead High Street
Lancaster Place - Lancaster Drive
Lancaster Road - Lancaster Grove
Mall, The - Mall Studios
Merton Road - Merton Rise
Silver Street - The Mount
Stamford Place - Stamford Close
The Grange - Parkhill Place
The Grove - Hampstead Grove
The Mall - Mall Studios
Sunday, 16 March 2008
Friday, 14 March 2008
Wednesday, 12 March 2008
Tuesday, 11 March 2008
The picture was taken the other day from the top of Weston House on Winchester Avenue, Queen's Park.
I think there has been a significant clearance of trees making this view possible, but it also made me realise just how wide a piece of land was necessary for the rail line to exist at all...
The bridge here is the bridge under Willesden Lane between the junctions with Winchester Avenue and The Avenue.
My grandfather was a major train advocate and indeed train buff... he used to make model steam trains for Walt Disney when at Bassett Lowke workshops and my love of trains and transport modes has, I'm sure, come from him.
Monday, 10 March 2008
It's on Hampstead School on Westbere Road and is the original foundation stone from the school at Hoxton, east London:
SERVE AND OBEY is the motto
HABERDASHER ASKE'S BOYS SCHOOL
ON THE FOUNDATION OF
ROBERT ASKE. AD MDCXCII
REMOVED FROM HOXTON
AND ERECTED HERE MCMII
So founded 1692 and the plaque (and the school) moved in 1902
I think it's slightly curious it wasn't moved when the school moved out in the 1960's.
Winkworth Hall is the building on the corner of the junction current occupied by Hopscotch and The Avenue School in Queen's Park.
I hadn't appreciated the name, nor the history or the set of previous occupants.
Perhaps most of all the extent to which this was effectively the sixth form block for Brondesbury and Kilburn School had escaped me: http://www.bkreunion.co.uk/reunion_pics/
Are there any memories of the Hall out there? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, 8 March 2008
Thursday, 6 March 2008
Railways actually cut across our geography in a way that we take for granted but in fact are deep lines cut into the now natural architecture
Each time you look at a map you tend to follow the line of a river or a railway - it's one of our more enduring makes on nature's landscape.
The other aspect of this is the way we look down tracks waiting for trains as though it's the kettle wanting it to boil. The consequence is you often don't see the view, you just have your own train waiting frustrations...
One is taken at Brondesbury Station looking east down the track
One is taken at the western end of Kensal Rise station looking to Chamberlayne Road
The other from West Hampstead looking down to Granny Drippen Steps and the O2 centre.
Monday, 3 March 2008
THIS STONE WAS LAID BY
MRS STANLEY BALDWIN
WIFE OF THE PRIME MINISTER
ON ST GEORGE'S DAY 1929
With really intricate carving around it.
The community centre itslef as a whole is really large and utterly misleading at first glance and at the point at which it was opened must have been a major community facility. Now it is slightly lost and in fact seen as slightly off the beaten track.
But it is important to remember the development of this part of Kilburn ws significant at this time - the Library in Cotleigh Road and Kingsgate School a couple of hundred yards away.
I assume from the architecture that the building once hosted a police presence as well, but I'm uncertain as to it's other uses - but there must be some memories out there - perhaps amonst the West Hampstead and Kilburn Pensioners club...
Lucy Baldwin was very much her own person with a busy schedule of charitable and educational projects that she supported: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucy_Baldwin