Category Archive: West Hampstead

Apr 16

West End Lane, NW6

N.B. Clicking on map markers take you to articles on the main website West End Lane is one of the West Hampstead’s oldest roads. It was already named West End Lane by 1644. West End Lane and Mill Lane (Shoot Up Hill Lane and Cole Lane), probably existed as access in the Middle Ages since …

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Apr 01

Cock and Hoop

This area was originally known as West End rather than West Hampstead or Fortune Green and to the east of the West End Green was a field called Cock and Hoop field. On the west side of the field was the Cock and Hoop Inn and the grounds of a cottage. The Cock and Hoop Inn …

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Mar 23

West Hampstead station

Provenance unknown but appears to be the Metropolitan (now Jubilee) line platforms sometime in the 1920s

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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Jan 24

Broadhurst Gardens, NW6

Broadhurst Gardens may not be a household name, but back in the day it was the home of Decca Recording Studios which rivalled EMI’s Abbey Road Studios as the country’s leading recording facility. Many popular songs and albums were recorded at Decca Studios (for example, John Mayall’s 1968 Blues from Laurel Canyon and five albums …

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Jan 12

The Estates of West Hampstead

Click map icons to view locations Before the builders arrived en masse in the late nineteenth century, West Hampstead was a rural area of large houses, farms and estates, centred around West End Green. Beckfords Estate, belonging to the family of the same name, consisted of 15 acres north of Mill Lane and west of …

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Jan 05

The River Westbourne

Click on the markers to show the waypoints which trace the course of the river LINKS IN CAPITAL LETTERS are blog posts Standard links go to the main website The hills of Hampstead Heath provide the source of three lost rivers of London – the Westbourne, Tyburn and Fleet. These rivers were long buried underground …

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