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Hampstead & Belsize Park Then & Now

Dick Weindling

Marianne Colloms



Price: £12.99

Publication date: 3 November 2014

Series: Then and Now

Category: Regional History

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.


Dick Weindling was previously Head of Educational Management at the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) and then a freelance educational researcher. Specialising in the work of new headteachers he wrote several education books. He has now retired and works on history projects with his writing colleague Marianne Colloms.



Dr Marianne Colloms graduated in geography and for her PhD at London University researched aspects of the growth of nineteenth century London, remaining fascinated by Victorian and local history. She has co-authored a number of articles and books on the history of Camden, in particular Hampstead, Kilburn, Camden and Kentish Towns. Much of this work concerns biographical material comprising both full length works and briefer texts suited, for example, to cemetery histories. Dr Colloms is also a partner in a long established design consultancy.