has claimed the title of Europe's favourite resting place,
beating other famous cemeteries like the Cimitiere du
Pere-Lachaise in Paris and the Old Jewish Cemetery in
Reading my local paper today - The Hampstead
& Highgate Express - there was mention of a Horatio Henry
Edwards of East Finchley who had died in 1908, and claimed
to be the rightful heir to about half the land upon which
New York City stands.
I found this on the net:
MANHATTAN ISLAND CLAIMED BY A NEW ZEALANDER.
There is (says a New York cable message which appeared in
the Sydney Sun on Octobe 28) a man in New Zealand who
reckons that Manhattan Island, at the mouth of the Hudson,
is his. Horatio Edwards is the man who puts forward this big
claim, and he has written to a firm of New York lawyers,
whom he desires to take his case in hand. At Mr Edward's
estimate the property is worth £30,000,000. The claimant
asserts that he was the heir of Robert Edwards, who came to
New York when a boy, and subsequently, bought 65 acres of
marsh land in the central part of New York. This property
was afterwards leased to the Government for a term of 99
years. It was then subleased, and finally sold. The lawyers
are now investigating Mr Edward's claim.
I also found Horatio Henry Edward's death on free bmd in
1908 aged 55, and found him with his parents, Robert W &
Jane M in the 1861 and 1851. In the 1851, Robert was the
landlord of The Clissold Arms.
Does anyone know what happened here? I'd love to know.
Hampstead Village Voice
- our very own satirical magazine!
Funny and subversive
- or brazenly
defamatory, libellous and scurrilously misleading,
according to the Ham & High!
Not available online or by mail order (yet!)
but there is a
blog to read, and a website
is the biggest house in London - except for
Buckingham Palace. A 90 room Grade II Queen Ann Mansion in
Highgate, it has just been bought for £50m by the Mayor of
Moscow's wife. Apparently it has a window for every day of
the year. Imagine!
The Woodcraft Folk
is an educational movement for children and
young people, which aims to develop self confidence and
activity in society, and to build a world based on equality,
friendship, peace and co-operation.
If only! Check out their website
A London Soldier
buried in an unmarked common grave in
Highgate Cemetery has been found to be Corporal Robert
Grant, who won the Victoria Cross for bravery in the Indian
Mutiny in 1857. After the war he became a policeman in
Kentish Town. When he died , his wife couldn't afford a
funeral. Now, thanks to local historians, 141 years after he
was buried, he's getting a fitting ceremony and a
headstone to honour his memory.
The Friends of
Hampstead Cemetery are in dire need of
your help. Their lottery award could be in jeopardy unless
they can match the funding by their own fundraising efforts.
There's an awful lot to maintaining these old cemeteries. If
your relatives are buried there, you might think of making a
donation, or an annual subscription of £5 to help them.
Please send by post to: The Secretary, The Friends of
Hampstead Cemetery, The Lodge, 69 Fortune Green Rd, London
NW6 1DR. Or you can donate without even getting out of your
chair by Paypal. Email
The Railway Hotel,
West End Lane was a famous music pub in the 60s and 70s,
with clubs variously known as Klooks Kleek, The Starlight
and The Moonlight. Legend has it that The Stones, Jimi
Hendrix, The Who, Eric Clapton, and Led Zep, to name but a
few, have all played there. The current owners want to turn
it into flats. Next Thursday is the planning deadline to
object to Camden about the proposals.
Blind Factory to close.
Sadly, the factory in Willesden Junction
that has provided employment for blind and partially sighted
people for many years is to close due to council funding
cuts. Does this compute? Is it cheaper to stop giving the
grants, or to pay income support/housing benefit/council tax
benefit to some 33 people probably for the rest of their
lives. I'm afraid it seems that the council knows the cost
of everything, but the value of nothing.
June 6th 1958
There is mention again in the Ham & High that Hampstead has the
highest rate of suicide in the British Empire. Why can this
From an article in The Times, Monday, Jul 25, 1955, sent to me by Maureen:
reasons why Hampstead usually has the highest suicide rate
in England & Wales are discussed by Dr Dennis Geffen, the
medical officer of Health, in his report on the health of
the Borough in 1954. The results of his analysis suggest
that the excessive rate of suicides in Hampstead over the
average arises chiefly from personal factors, and may be
associated with the type of population who leave their own
home town to go to London in search of jobs.
Hampstead had the highest rate (about 60% over the average
in London as a whole) - 287 suicides in a million of the
population, followed by Holborn (270 a million), Burnley
(259), Eastbourne (258), and Westminster (257). Dr Geffen
goes on to say that with the exception of Wandsworth all
them adjoin to form the north west section of the County of
London..... These borough have other things in common, such
as a large number of people living in lodgings, boarding
houses and rooms, and the presence of an excess of
females, students and elderly people....
I must enquire as
to the current situation.
Swamp Crayfish have been found in a pond
on Hampstead Heath.
Would you Adam and Eve
it! Another developer is proposing
similarly inappropriate building works to the recent Fitzroy
Farm development, also sending huge trucks down Millfield
Lane. Residents can comment on the plans at the council's
planning website at
We've been fighting for the heath since the days of
Sir Thomas Maryon Wilson in the 1840s. Will it never
Ye Old White Bear, New
End Square is up for sale. Licensed premises currently for
sale in Hampstead are Mojama, Tabby Cat Lounge, Bombay
Blueprint, Toast and Bar Room Bar. I think we can do without
all those, but - please - let's not lose the
historic Old White Bear, which has been there since about
Billy the Kid & the
(1853 - 1878) lived in Belsize Terrace in 1871.
He emigrated to Canada, ending up as a rancher in New
Mexico. His murder ignited the Lincoln County War. See
the full story. David Thomas, a historian in New Mexico, is
currently working on a book on the life and times of John H.
Tunstall. Watch this space for details on publication.
The London Canal Museum
is looking for
people who used to work on the waterways, either on boats or
barges, or as lock keepers or people to worked to maintain
the routes. They want your memories, before it's too late.
Call Mr Keene at 0207 7713 0836 or email
you have anything to contribute.
Galtymore, the Irish dance hall on Cricklewood Broadway, is
closing down after 56 years to become flats and shops.
in Primrose Hill is put on the market for £3.25 million. I
don't think he could have predicted that!
Lloyds Bank is closing
This beautiful Grade II listed building
in Rosslyn Hill, by Victorian Architect Horace Field is to
close and be turned into a restaurant. As if we didn't have
enough already. Makes a change from very very expensive
flats, I suppose.
Highgate Cemetery needs YOU!! Members are
needed for Friends of Highgate Cemetery, a charity dedicated
to keeping the cemetery going http://highgate-cemetery.org/index.asp
In the 1840s it was Lord of the Manor of Hampstead, Sir
Thomas Maryon Wilson, trying to build on the heath. Now, it's
Camden Council allowing inappropriate building works to take