Print-friendly version of this page Fortune Green was originally part of the district of Hampstead but became physically separated from it by the building of the new turnpike road (now Finchley Road) in the 1830s.
Lyncroft Gardens is a street in Fortune Green
Most of the land north of West End Green
and around Fortune Green
belonged to the Flitcroft estate. Apart from the Hillfield
Road estate, the only building was on a small estate west of Finchley Road
, owned in 1841 by Francis Lovel, where between 1870 and 1878 Charles Cannon, a dye merchant who lived at Kidderpore Hall, converted an old footpath into Cannon Hill
, and West House and Wellesley House were built west of the junction of Finchley Road
and West End Lane
which flowed down this hill, was also named after Charles Cannon and this stream flows under the line of Lyncroft Gardens.
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The name of Fortune Green is derived from foran-tune
meaning in front of the tun, probably an inn in the area.
Originally Fortune Green was a patch of manorial waste, now in the north of the ward, where local residents had the right to graze animals, dig turf and play sports. The Green dwindled considerably in the 19th century when the lord of the manor granted enclosure rights for about a third of the area.
Lying on the south-west side of the Finchley Road, Hampstead town council decided to build its overflow cemetery here in the 1840s.
The arrival of the Midland Railway in 1871 brought rapid development and many large houses were demolished in favour of higher density buildings. Victorian residential buildings display considerable variety in their design and detail and there are a number of large distinctive red brick mansion blocks, most of which have remained unaltered.