Monthly Archive: March 2015

Mar 05

Keats in Kilburn

Kilburn was once a very rural spot. It was in Kilburn Meadows one evening that Keats recited his ‘Ode to a Nightingale’ to a companion ‘in a low, tremulous undertone’. Keats had a friend in the area, the poet Leigh Hunt who once lived at West End, ‘out of the stir and smoke of this …

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Mar 03

Black Path

Black Path joined Billy Fury Way in 2011 as an official name for an unnamed footpath. It was an initiative driven by the police. One of the imperatives for naming paths such as this one and the Black Path was so the police could identify their location when chasing wrong-uns down these network of alleyways. …

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Mar 02

The private meadows of West Hampstead

During the final decade of the nineteenth century, a series of “secret gardens” were built behind the uniform façades of West Hampstead. Broadhurst Gardens Meadow is the largest and lies to the rear of Broadhurst Gardens and Fairhazel Gardens. Like the others, it was established as the surrounding streets were built. It is carefully managed for …

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