The Virtual Tour  of Hampstead

West Heath

Sandy Heath

Hampstead Village

East Heath

Hampstead Family History

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The Village of Hampstead, just four miles from the centre of London, first became famous in the early 18th century as a pleasure resort for its medicinal springs. It was claimed by doctors that the waters were a cure for most ailments. It was also famous for its magnificent surrounding views, standing as it does on an eminence overlooking the City of London. It had the distinction of having the highest pub in London - Jack Straw's Castle, alas no longer a pub. Other famous pubs include The Old Bull & Bush, immortalized in the old musical hall song Down At The Old Bull & Bush, and The Spaniards Inn, where Dick Turpin was supposed to have been a customer.

The magnificent views and the health giving springs brought Hampstead many famous inhabitants and visitors - John Constable, George Romney, William Hogarth, William Blake, Alfred Tennyson, Hugh Gaitskell, Anna Pavlova, and George Du Maurier - to name but a few. Hampstead apparently has more blue plaques than any other London suburb. John Constable is buried in Hampstead parish church, and in his lifetime painted many well known pictures of Hampstead and the Heath, which are hung in galleries all over the world. The picture shown is Trees at Hampstead, or the Path to the Church, painted in 1821. Wilkie Collins referred to Hampstead as a kind of suburban Nirvana.

Today, Hampstead is a dynamic and thriving shopping centre, successfully mixing modern and old, full of pubs, clubs, restaurants, theatres, cinemas, shops, and of course, best of all - Hampstead Heath.                                        

    

Kilburn & West Hampstead
Highgate

South Hampstead &
St John's Wood

Willesden & Cricklewood

Kentish Town & Gospel Oak
St Pancras & King's Cross

Name Index to the Times Newspaper Archive 1785-1985

The Hampstead Chronicles

Can you help........?

Welcome to The Virtual Tour of Hampstead.

Please contact me if you spot any errors, or have any information you would like to  contribute.

If you have visited before, please remember to refresh your browser, in order that you get all the new content that is being added all the time.

Boundaries have changed over the years, so if you don't find what you're looking for on one page, you might well find it in the neighbouring parish.

I'm gradually acquiring resources, and I'm happy to do look ups if I can:

Hampstead & Highgate Directory 1885-6. This seems to cover Kilburn and parts of Willesden, too.
Kelly's Directory of Camden & Kentish Towns 1926-7
Kelly's Marylebone 1936
Kelly's Hampstead 1939

Hampstead Borough Directory 1962-3
Parish registers for St John's Hampstead.
We have now decided to ask that  any requests for lookups here be accompanied by a donation to the church - easily done by Paypal here - it doesn't have to be a huge amount - just a little something will do.

Hampstead has a very active History Society - The Camden History Society - who are probably single handedly responsible for my interest in Hampstead history.

Email me: info (at) thevirtualtourofhampstead.co.uk

The Virtual Tour of Hampstead
East Heath, Sandy Heath, West Heath and Hampstead Village

Hampstead Family History
Churches and Schools
Extracts from the Hampstead & Highgate Express
The Workhouse
1881 census Residents of Hospital Buildings (formerly Smallpox Hospital) Hampstead
1881 census Residents of Hampstead Workhouse

Gravestone pictures and Monumental Inscriptions
Benevolent Institutions
Marriages St John's Hampstead
Baptisms St John's Hampstead
Burials St John's Hampstead
Names from the War Memorial
Hampstead Cemetery, Fortune Green
The Historical Register for 1720
Public Houses & Taverns and their licensees
References to Hampstead residents on A2A
Hampstead policemen
Can you help........?
Hampstead Workhouse 1851 Census Transcription
The Hampstead Chronicles



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