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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Katharina Logan   
Added: 9 Aug 2022 19:01 GMT   

Ely place existed in name in 1857
On 7th July 1857 John James Chase and Mary Ann Weekes were married at St John the Baptist Hoxton, he of full age and she a minor. Both parties list their place of residence as Ely Place, yet according to other information, this street was not named until 1861. He was a bricklayer, she had no occupation listed, but both were literate and able to sign their names on their marriage certificate.

Source: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSF7-Q9Y7?cc=3734475

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Reginald John Gregory   
Added: 8 Aug 2022 14:07 GMT   

Worked in the vicinity of my ancestor’s house,
Between the years 1982-1998 (unknown to me at the time) I worked in an office close to the site of my ancestors cottage. I discovered this when researching family history - the cottage was mentioned in the 1871 census for Colindeep Lane/Ancient Street coming up from the Hyde. The family lived in the ares betwen 1805 and 1912.

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Barry J. Page   
Added: 27 Jul 2022 19:41 GMT   

Highbury Corner V1 Explosion
Grandma described the V1 explosion at Highbury Corner on many occasions. She was working in the scullery when the flying bomb landed. The blast shattered all the windows in the block of flats and blew off the bolt on her front door. As she looked out the front room window, people in various states of injury and shock were making their way along Highbury Station Road. One man in particular, who was bleeding profusely from glass shard wounds to his neck, insisted in getting home to see if his family was all right. Others were less fortunate. Len, the local newsagent, comforted a man, who had lost both legs caused by the blast, until the victim succumbed to his injuries. The entire area was ravaged and following are statistics. The flying bomb landed during lunch hour (12:46 p.m.) on June 27th 1944. 26 people lost their lives, 84 were seriously injured and 71 slightly injured.

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ANON   
Added: 20 Jul 2022 13:36 GMT   

The Square & Ashmore park
The Square and Ashmore park was the place to be 2000-2005. Those were the greatest times on the estate. everyday people were playing out. the park was full of kids just being kids and having fun, now everyone is grown up and only bump into eachother when heading to the shops or work. I miss the good days( Im 25yrs old as im writing this)

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Spotted here
   
Added: 18 Jul 2022 13:56 GMT   

Map of Thornsett Road Esrlsfield


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Born here
Carolyn Hirst   
Added: 16 Jul 2022 15:21 GMT   

Henry James Hirst
My second great grandfather Henry James Hirst was born at 18 New Road on 11 February 1861. He was the eighth of the eleven children of Rowland and Isabella Hirst. I think that this part of New Road was also known at the time as Gloucester Terrace.

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Richard   
Added: 12 Jul 2022 21:36 GMT   

Elgin Crescent, W11
Richard Laitner (1955-1983), a barrister training to be a doctor at UCL, lived here in 1983. He was murdered aged 28 with both his parents after attending his sister’s wedding in Sheffield in 1983. The Richard Laitner Memorial Fund maintains bursaries in his memory at UCL Medical School

Source: Ancestry Library Edition

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Anthony Mckay   
Added: 11 Jul 2022 00:12 GMT   

Bankfield Cottages, Ass House Lane, Harrow Weald
Bankfield Cottages (now demolished) at the end of Ass House Lane, appear twice in ’The Cheaters’ televison series (made 1960) in the episodes ’The Fine Print’ and ’Tine to Kill’

Source: THE CHEATERS: Episode Index

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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Elephant Field The grazing elephants of Hampstead Garden Suburb...

NEARBY STREETS
Addison Way, NW11 Addison Way is the northernmost road in the Temple Fortune section of Hampstead Garden Suburb.
Arcade House, NW11 Arcade House is in the Temple Fortune part of the NW11 area
Asmuns Hill, NW11 Asmuns Hill was the location for the first buildings in Hampstead Garden Suburb.
Asmuns Place, NW11 In 1908, two hundred and seventy houses went up in Asmuns Place.
Beaufort Drive, NW11 Beaufort Drive is a location in Hampstead Garden Suburb
Brookland Close, NW11 Brookland Close, lies in Hampstead Garden Suburb
Brookland Hill, NW11 Brookland Hill leads off Brookland Rise.
Brookland Rise, NW11 Brookland Rise leads north of Falloden Way.
Brunner Close, NW11 Brunner Close is in an area of Hampstead Garden Suburb
Chatham Close, NW11 Chatham Close is in the Hampstead Garden Suburb part of the NW11 area
Cinderella Path, NW11 Cinderella Path is in the Hampstead Garden Suburb area
Coleridge Walk, NW11 Coleridge Walk is a cul-de-sac designed by Herbert Welch in 1911.
Connaught Drive, NW11 Connaught Drive is in the Hampstead Garden Suburb area
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 one of two spurs of Denman Drive.
Denman Drive South, NW11 Denman Drive South was laid out in 1915.
Denman Drive, NW11 Denman Drive leads off Erskine Hill.
Dorchester Gardens, NW11 Dorchester Gardens is part of Hampstead Garden Suburb
Eastholm, NW11 Eastholm, built in 1919, was complete in 1920.
Erskine Hill, NW11 Erskine Hill is flanked by groups of cottages designed by C M Crickmer.
Falloden Way, NW11 Falloden Way is the local name for the A1 trunk road.
Farm Walk, NW11 In Farm Walk, there are roughcast terraces with brick doorways and bay windows designed by Parker and Unwin in 1911.
Gloucester Drive, NW11 Gloucester Drive is a location in Hampstead Garden Suburb
Hill Top, NW11 Hill Top contains some of the earliest building in the area.
Hogarth Hill, NW11 Hogarth Hill is a steep road connecting Willifield Way and Addison Way.
Homesfield, NW11 Homesfield leads to a courtyard containing three detached blocks designed by Parker and Unwin, backing on to Little Wood.
Hutchings Walk, NW11 Hutchings Walk, designed in the mid 1930s, is an enclave of striking Moderne houses with pitched roofs.
Litchfield Square, NW11 Litchfield Square is a large formal composition designed by Parker and Unwin.
Middleway, NW11 Middleway is part of Hampstead Garden Suburb
Midholm Close, NW11 Midholm Close, was planned as part of Hampstead Garden Suburb
Midholm Close, NW11 Midholm Close was designed in 1928 by C.U. Butler.
Midholm, NW11 Midholm lies north of Falloden Way.
North Square, NW11 North Square is in an area of Hampstead Garden Suburb
Northway, NW11 Northway runs from Central Square to Falloden Way.
Oakwood Road, NW11 Oakwood Road was laid out during the second phase of Hampstead Garden Suburb.
Southway, NW11 Southway is in Hampstead Garden Suburb
Sutcliffe Close, NW11 Sutcliffe Close, was planned as part of Hampstead Garden Suburb
Temple Fortune Hill, NW11 Temple Fortune Hill is within the oldest part of Hampstead Garden Suburb.
The Orchard, NW11 57 flats were built in The Orchard in 1909, one of the earliest developments of Hampstead Garden Suburb.
Thornton Way, NW11 Thornton Way, lies in Hampstead Garden Suburb
Westholm, NW11 Westholm was developed just after the First World War to provide housing for rent at ’modest’ rates.
Willifield Way, NW11 Willifield Way runs south from ‘Crickmer Circus’ to meet Hampstead Way before the junction with Meadway.
Woodside, NW11 Woodside is in Hampstead Garden Suburb
Wordsworth Walk, NW11 Wordsworth Walk was built between 1910 and 1911 by Herbert Welch, 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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Bute Mews
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View towards Central Square
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Hampstead Garden Suburb from Willifield Way (1914) Golders Green crematorium can be seen in the background
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