Bute Mews, N2

Road in/near Hampstead Garden Suburb, existing between 1922 and now.

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Bute Mews lies behind Market Place.

It was originally a service road for the shops in Market Place. There are now some residential properties.

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Vic Stanley   
Added: 24 Feb 2024 17:38 GMT   

The postcode is SE15, NOT SE1

Added: 17 Feb 2024 00:08 GMT   

No 36 Upper East Smithfield
My great great grandfather was born at No 36 Upper East Smithfield and spent his early years staring out at a "dead wall" of St Katharine’s Docks. His father was an outfitter and sold clothing for sailors. He describes the place as being backed by tenements in terrible condition and most of the people living there were Irish.


Kevin Pont   
Added: 16 Feb 2024 20:32 GMT   

Name origin
Interestingly South Lambeth derives its name from the same source as Lambeth itself - a landing place for lambs.

But South Lambeth has no landing place - it is not on the River Thames


C Hobbs   
Added: 31 Jan 2024 23:53 GMT   

George Gut (1853 - 1861)
George Gut, Master Baker lived with his family in Long Lane.
George was born in Bernbach, Hesse, Germany and came to the UK sometime in the 1840s. In 1849, George married an Englishwoman called Matilda Baker and became a nauralized Englishman. He was given the Freedom of the City of London (by Redemption in the Company of Bakers), in 1853 and was at that time, recorded as living at 3 Long Lane. In the 1861 census, George Gut was living at 11 Long Lane.

Emma Beach   
Added: 18 Jan 2024 04:33 GMT   

William Sutton Thwaites
William Sutton Thwaites was the father of Frances Lydia Alice Knorr nee Thwaites�’�’she was executed in 1894 in Melbourne, Victoria Australia for infanticide. In the year prior to his marriage, to her mother Frances Jeanette Thwaites nee Robin, William Sutton was working as a tailor for Mr Orchard who employed four tailors in the hamlet of Mile End Old Town on at Crombies Row, Commercial Road East.

Source: 1861 England Census Class: Rg 9; Piece: 293; Folio: 20; Page: 2; GSU roll: 542608

Added: 15 Jan 2024 15:44 GMT   

Simon De Charmes, clockmaker
De Charmes (or Des Charmes), Simon, of French Huguenot extraction. Recorded 1688 and Free of the Clockmakers’ Company 1691-1730. In London until 1704 at least at ’his House, the Sign of the Clock, the Corner of Warwick St, Charing Cross’. See Brian Loomes The Early Clockmakers of Great Britain, NAG Press, 1981, p.188

Born here
Jacqueline Mico   
Added: 14 Jan 2024 07:29 GMT   

Robert Bolam
This is where my grandad was born, he went on to be a beautiful man, he became a shop owner, a father, and grandfather, he lost a leg when he was a milkman and the horse kicked him, then opened a shop in New Cross and then moved to Lewisham where he had a Newsagents and tobacconists.

Tom Hughes   
Added: 5 Jan 2024 14:11 GMT   

4 Edwardes Terrace
In 1871, Mrs. Blake, widow of Gen. Blake, died in her home at 4 Edwardes Terrace, leaving a fortune of 140,000 pounds, something like 20 million quid today. She left no will. The exact fortune may have been exaggerated but for years claimants sought their share of the "Blake millions" which eventually went to "the Crown."


Hampstead Garden Suburb

Hampstead Garden Suburb is an example of early twentieth-century domestic architecture and town planning and is located in the London Borough of Barnet.

Hampstead Garden Suburb is a residential area positioned between Hampstead, Highgate and Golders Green. It is known for its connections to intellectual, artistic and literary circles.

The suburb was established by Henrietta Barnett, who, with her husband Samuel, had previously initiated the Whitechapel Art Gallery and Toynbee Hall. In 1906, Barnett established the Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust Ltd. The trust bought 243 acres of land from Eton College and appointed Raymond Unwin as its architect. The project had several goals:

- It aimed to accommodate people of various income levels and social classes.
- It prioritised lower housing density.
- Wide, tree-lined roads were a design feature.
- Houses were separated by hedges, not walls.
- Public gardens and green spaces were meant to be open to everyone.
- The suburb was envisioned as a peaceful place without the disturbance of church bells.

To realise these ambitions, a private bill was needed in Parliament, as it conflicted with local regulations. The Hampstead Garden Suburb Act 1906 allowed for a layout with fewer roads and more garden spaces. The project’s principles were influenced by the planning and development of Letchworth Garden City - the first of its kind - inspired by the ideas of Ebenezer Howard.

Apart from the garden cities, the suburb didn’t include industrial areas, pubs, or many shops or services, and it didn’t attempt to be self-contained. In the 1930s, the suburb expanded to the north of the A1, adding housing with distinct character but sometimes considered less architecturally significant.

Central Square is a central location with notable landmarks. It was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and houses two large churches: St. Jude’s Church and The Free Church, along with a Quaker Meeting House. The suburb also has two mixed state primary schools, Garden Suburb and Brookland, and a state girls’ grammar school, Henrietta Barnett School. In the past, it hosted The Institute, an adult education centre, which has since relocated and is currently closing down.

Market Place is the local shopping area, with other shopping options nearby in Temple Fortune, Golders Green, and East Finchley. Little Wood, situated in the suburb, contains an open-air arena used for summer theatre performances by a local amateur theater group.

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