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Hampstead Heath covers 791 acres of heath, woodland, grassland, bog areas, ponds, parks, gardens, stately homes, world class art collections, and many, many other facilities. It is accounted to be London's premier open space. I'd have to agree.

These paintings are of the Pergola on Hampstead Heath, now Grade II listed.  William Lever, (later Lord Leverhulme, who made his fortune with Sunlight soap), built a mansion, Inverforth House, now turned into luxury flats. There was a public footpath between the two parts of his property, which he was unable to get closed, so between 1906 and 1925 he had Thomas Mawson design an 800ft long pergola, over 15ft above the level of the surrounding heath to join the two parts together. The earth foundations were made from the spoil from the Northern Line Underground excavations.   Click on link for more information on Thomas Mawson and his works and an aerial view of the area. The pergola was opened to the public on 31 May 1995 after extensive renovations. It is without doubt a beautiful place to walk.  I don't know how long the huge, gnarled wisteria has been there; perhaps since the day it was built.

                  

                           

All paintings by Lindy Newman

When you walk down the steps of the Pergola, you come out into the Hill Garden.  Beautifully landscaped and attended, this too was part of William Lever's estate and laid out by Thomas Mawson.

                                                  

All paintings by Lindy Newman             

Leaving the Hill Garden, you come on to West Heath:

           

                  

                               

All paintings by Lindy Newman

A 1910 postcard from a water colour by A R Quinton. Everyone liked to paint those firs!

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