Elephant Field

Agricultural land in/near Hampstead Garden Suburb, existing until 1912

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Agricultural land · Hampstead Garden Suburb · NW11 ·
October
23
2021

The grazing elephants of Hampstead Garden Suburb...

One of the last occupiers of nearby Park Farm was the circus proprietor Lord George Sanger, who retired there in 1904, and was notoriously murdered by a farm hand in 1911. His descendants continued the circus in operation until the 1960s.

When the circus was not touring, Sanger would put his elephants out of pasture in what would become, in a few years, Hampstead Garden Suburb.

An elderly former resident of Denman Drive - constructed in 1908 on what was once Westminster Abbey’s land - used to recall 'elephants grazing’ in the field between Big Wood and Little Wood, before Denman Drive North and Denman Drive South - constructed in 1912 on what was once the Bishop’s land - were completed.




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MARY RUSHTON-BEALES   
Added: 25 Jan 2021 17:58 GMT   

MY GRANDMA GREW UP HERE - 100 WILLIFIELD WAY
MY GRANDMA WINIFRED AND HER BROTHERS ERIC AND JEFF LIVED AT 100 WILLIFIELD WAY. THEY WERE PART OF THE HAMPSTEAD GARDEN SUBURB SOCIAL EXPERIMENT. GRANDMA ALWAYS TALKED ABOUT WILLIFIELD WAY AND HER LIFE IN HAMPSTEAD GARDEN SUBURB WITH GREAT AFFECTION. SHE WAS CONVINCED THAT THEY HAD BETTER EDUCATION BECAUSE THEY LIVED THERE. NOT LONG AGO MY BROTHER AND I TOOK THE TRAIN TO THIS PART OF LONDON AND WALKED DOWN THE ROAD. THE HOUSE IS STILL THERE

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Lived here
   
Added: 10 Dec 2020 23:51 GMT   

Wellgarth Road, NW11
I lived at 15 Wellgarth Road with my parents and family from 1956 until I left home in the 70s and continued to visit my mother there until she moved in the early 80s. On the first day we moved in we kids raced around the garden and immediately discovered an air raid shelter that ran right underneath the house which I assume was added in the run-up to WW2. There was a basement room with its own entrance off the garden and right opposite where the air raid shelter emerged. In no time at all up high near the ceiling of this room, we discovered a door which, while we were little enough, we could enter by standing on some item of furniture, haul ourselves in and hide from the grownups. That room was soundproof enough for us kids to make a racket if we wanted to. But not too loud if my dad was playing billiards in the amazing wood-panelled room immediately above. We had no idea that we were living in such an historical building. To us it was just fun - and home!

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Watts   
Added: 17 May 2022 20:29 GMT   

Baeethoven St School, also an Annex for Paddington College of FE.
In the early 70’s I took a two year science course at Paddington CFE. The science classes were held on weekday evenings at Beethoven Street school, overseen by chemistry teacher, Mr Tattershall.

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Added: 25 Apr 2022 22:11 GMT   

Southover, N12
Everyone knows Central Woodside is the place to be. Ever since kdog moved from finchtown, Woodside has been thriving.

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Born here
Bernard Miller   
Added: 12 Apr 2022 17:36 GMT   

My mother and her sister were born at 9 Windsor Terrace
My mother, Millie Haring (later Miller) and her sister Yetta Haring (later Freedman) were born here in 1922 and 1923. With their parents and older brother and sister, they lived in two rooms until they moved to Stoke Newington in 1929. She always said there were six rooms, six families, a shared sink on the first floor landing and a toilet in the backyard.

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Brian Lynch   
Added: 10 Apr 2022 13:38 GMT   

Staples Mattress Factory
An architect’s design of the Staples Mattress Factory
An image found on the website of Dalzell’s Beds, in Armagh Northern Ireland.

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Lived here
   
Added: 19 Feb 2022 16:21 GMT   

Harmondsworth (1939 - 1965)
I lived in a house (Lostwithiel) on the Bath Road opposite the junction with Tythe Barn Lane, now a hotel site. Initially, aircraft used one of the diagonal runways directly in line with our house. I attended Sipson Primary School opposite the Three Magpies and celebrated my 21st birthday at The Peggy Bedford in 1959.

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Emma Seif   
Added: 25 Jan 2022 19:06 GMT   

Birth of the Bluestocking Society
In about 1750, Elizabeth Montagu began hosting literary breakfasts in her home at 23 (now 31) Hill Street. These are considered the first meetings of the Bluestocking society.

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Added: 14 Jan 2022 03:06 GMT   

Goldbourne Gardens W 10
I lived in Goldbourne Gardens in the 50,s very happy big bomb site

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Chris Nash   
Added: 10 Jan 2022 22:54 GMT   

Shortlands Close, DA17
Shortlands Close and the flats along it were constructed in the mid-1990s. Prior to this, the area was occupied by semi-detached houses with large gardens, which dated from the post-war period and were built on the site of Railway Farm. The farm and its buildings spanned the length of Abbey Road, on the south side of the North Kent Line railway tracks.

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Elephant Field The grazing elephants of Hampstead Garden Suburb...

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Asmuns Place, NW11 In 1908, two hundred and seventy houses went up in Asmuns Place.
Beaufort Drive, NW11 Beaufort Drive is a location in London.
Brookland Close, NW11 Brookland Close is a road in the NW11 postcode area
Brookland Hill, NW11 Brookland Hill is a street in Golders Green.
Brookland Rise, NW11 Brookland Rise is a street in Golders Green.
Brunner Close, NW11 Brunner Close is a location in London.
Chatham Close, NW11 Chatham Close is a street in Golders Green.
Cinderella Path, NW11 Cinderella Path is a street in Golders Green.
Coleridge Walk, NW11 Coleridge Walk is a cul-de-sac designed by Herbert Welch in 1911.
Connaught Drive, NW11 Connaught Drive is a street in Golders Green.
Creswick Walk, NW11 Creswick Walk is a 1911 cul-de-sac designed by G.L. Sutcliffe - his first in the Suburb.
Denman Drive North, NW11 Denman Drive North is a road in the NW11 postcode area
Denman Drive South, NW11 Denman Drive South is a street in Golders Green.
Denman Drive, NW11 Denman Drive is a street in Golders Green.
Dorchester Gardens, NW11 Dorchester Gardens is a road in the NW11 postcode area
Eastholm, NW11 Eastholm is a road in the NW11 postcode area
Erskine Hill, NW11 Erskine Hill is a road in the NW11 postcode area
Falloden Way, NW11 Falloden Way is the main road through the area.
Farm Walk, NW11 Farm Walk is a street in Golders Green.
Gloucester Drive, NW11 Gloucester Drive is a road in the NW11 postcode area
Hill Close, NW11 Hill Close is a road in the NW11 postcode area
Hill Top, NW11 Hill Top is a street in Golders Green.
Hill Top, NW11 Hill Top is a road in the N2 postcode area
Hogarth Hill, NW11 Hogarth Hill is a steep road connecting Willifield Way and Addison Way.
Homesfield, NW11 Homesfield is a road in the NW11 postcode area
Hutchings Walk, NW11 Hutchings Walk is a street in Golders Green.
Middleway, NW11 Middleway is a street in Golders Green.
Midholm Close, NW11 Midholm Close is a road in the NW11 postcode area
Midholm Close, NW11 Midholm Close is a road in the N2 postcode area
Midholm, NW11 Midholm is a road in the NW11 postcode area
North Square, NW11 North Square is a road in the NW11 postcode area
Northway, NW11 Northway is a street in Golders Green.
Oakwood Road, NW11 Oakwood Road is a street in Golders Green.
Southway, NW11 Southway is a road in the NW11 postcode area
Sutcliffe Close, NW11 Sutcliffe Close is a road in the NW11 postcode area
Temple Fortune Hill, NW11 Temple Fortune Hill is a road in the NW11 postcode area
The Market Place, NW11 The Market Place is a street in Golders Green.
The Orchard, NW11 57 flats were built in The Orchard in 1909, one of the earliest roads of Hampstead Garden Suburb.
Thornton Way, NW11 Thornton Way is a road in the NW11 postcode area
Westholm, NW11 Westholm is a street in Golders Green.
Willifield Way, NW11 Willifield Way, started in 1911, contains cottages built by Parker and Unwin.
Woodside, NW11 Woodside is a road in the NW11 postcode area
Wordsworth Walk, NW11 Wordsworth Walk was built between 1910 and 1911 by Herbert Welch, then aged twenty-seven.


Hampstead Garden Suburb

Hampstead Garden Suburb is a suburb, north of Hampstead, west of Highgate, and east of Golders Green. It is an example of early twentieth-century domestic architecture and town planning located in the London Borough of Barnet in northwest London.

The master plan was prepared by Barry Parker and Sir Raymond Unwin.


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Henly’s Corner garage
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