Hampstead & Belsize Park Then & Now
Hampstead village began growing in the eighteenth century. Large houses were built as country retreats and for some years Hampstead flourished as a spa. As the nineteenth century progressed, streets and houses replaced the fields and hedgerows of Belsize Park and Hampstead, but the Heath was saved as a public open space. Today, Hampstead is a popular destination, its alleys and narrow streets creating a stark contrast with the Georgian mansions and modern properties, which sit side by side. Hampstead Heath attracts thousands of visitors every week, to walk or cycle, to visit Kenwood House, or to enjoy the long-established bank holiday fairs that gave rise to the nickname, ‘’Appy ’Ampstead’. This fascinating book compares original images of the area with modern photographs, highlighting just what has changed – and what has stayed the same – in this beautiful corner of England.