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Hampstead Collection

"Hampstead: A Haven of Art, History, and Natural Beauty" Nestled in the heart of London, it has long been a source of inspiration for artists and writers alike

Background imageHampstead Collection: English poster for Hampstead Railway Non-Stop Services, 1910

English poster for Hampstead Railway Non-Stop Services, 1910
LONDON: UNDERGROUND, 1910. English poster for Hampstead Railway Non-Stop Services, 1910

Background imageHampstead Collection: Photograph of Magdala Tavern, Hampstead, London

Photograph of Magdala Tavern, Hampstead, London. The main side of the print (shown here) depicts: Left Face on view of the pub

Background imageHampstead Collection: The Spaniards Inn

The Spaniards Inn, Hampstead Heath, London, historic watering hole of the famous, including Dick Turpin & Charles Dickens, who immortalised this pub in his Pickwick Papers. Date: late 16th century

Background imageHampstead Collection: John Keats / Hampstead

John Keats / Hampstead
JOHN KEATS English poet reading a book at Wentworth Place, Hampstead

Background imageHampstead Collection: Hampstead / West End Lane

Hampstead / West End Lane
A street in Londons inner suburbs - West End Lane, Hampstead

Background imageHampstead Collection: Sketch of Spaniards Inn, Hampstead, London

Sketch of Spaniards Inn, Hampstead, London. The main side of the print (shown here) depicts: Sketch of the pub. The back of the print (available on request) details: Nothing for the Spaniards Inn

Background imageHampstead Collection: My Studio by Fortunino Matania

My Studio by Fortunino Matania
Self-portrait of the Italian artist, Fortunino Matania (1881-1963) pictured at work in his studio at 104 Priory Road, Hampstead, London. Date: c.1955

Background imageHampstead Collection: LCC-MFB firefighters at West Hampstead fire station

LCC-MFB firefighters at West Hampstead fire station
Station 20 was West Hampstead fire station, opened in 1901 at 325 West End Road. The firemen are pictured with their horse drawn steam fire engine on the forecourt of the station

Background imageHampstead Collection: London arms and seals

London arms and seals
The Arms and Common Seals of the Metropolitan Boroughs of London and of the City of London, with a block map showing their boundaries

Background imageHampstead Collection: Hampstead Heath, London, England, UK

Hampstead Heath, London, England, UK

Background imageHampstead Collection: Hampstead & Highgate Express sign in Hampstead, London

Hampstead & Highgate Express sign in Hampstead, London, next to a street lamp, left of picture. The building is on Perrin?s Court Hampstead NW3

Background imageHampstead Collection: Hampstead Heath 1939

Hampstead Heath 1939
Two women walking together up Sandy Lane, an avenue of huge trees leading to Spaniards Lane, Hampstead Heath, north London, England, during winter snow. Date: January 1939

Background imageHampstead Collection: The tube railway form Charing Cross to Hampsted. Platform at

The tube railway form Charing Cross to Hampsted. Platform at
A view of the platform at Highgate during the running of experimental trains. The new tube railway from Charing Cross to Hampstead

Background imageHampstead Collection: Windy Weather / Gillray

Windy Weather / Gillray
A windswept man battles his way across Hampstead Heath. He keeps one hand firmly on his hat

Background imageHampstead Collection: Female Medical Students

Female Medical Students
Under the watchful eye of the House Physician, a group of female medical students, trainee doctors, examine a patient at the Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead, London

Background imageHampstead Collection: Hampstead Heath 1930S

Hampstead Heath 1930S
Part of the woods at Hampstead Heath, north London, England. Date: 1930s

Background imageHampstead Collection: Hampstead Garden Suburb

Hampstead Garden Suburb: Central Square (aerial view)

Background imageHampstead Collection: Hampstead Heath / Viaduct

Hampstead Heath / Viaduct
Hampstead Heath: the Viaduct

Background imageHampstead Collection: A robin perched on the sculpture of a child leaning on an open book

A robin perched on the sculpture of a child leaning on an open book, on the grave of Antony David Hellyer (d.1939) and Maude Maria Hellyer in the west cemetery Highgate Cemetery, Hampstead, London

Background imageHampstead Collection: LCC-MFB West Hampstead fire station, NW London

LCC-MFB West Hampstead fire station, NW London
Built in the suburbs of a growing London, West Hampstead fire stations design reflected the semi-rural setting of the area. Located in West End Lane NW6, it still stands today

Background imageHampstead Collection: Advert for Oetzmann & Co. Victorian furniture 1890

Advert for Oetzmann & Co. Victorian furniture 1890
Variety of Victorian household items. 1890

Background imageHampstead Collection: Too Fishy

Too Fishy
Unsportsmanlike tactics of a competitor at a recent fishing tournament at Hampstead Ponds. Humorous illustration by William Heath Robinson (1872-1944)

Background imageHampstead Collection: Work, 1852-65 (oil on canvas) (see also 3927271 and 324488)

Work, 1852-65 (oil on canvas) (see also 3927271 and 324488)
MAN198054 Work, 1852-65 (oil on canvas) (see also 3927271 and 324488) by Brown, Ford Madox (1821-93); 137x197.3 cm; Manchester Art Gallery, UK; © Manchester Art Gallery

Background imageHampstead Collection: Westfield College, Hampstead

Westfield College, Hampstead - Buildings, grounds and the principal - Miss Lodge. Date: 1922

Background imageHampstead Collection: Great North Road out of London, 1st July 1790 (colour litho)

Great North Road out of London, 1st July 1790 (colour litho)
XCF275041 Great North Road out of London, 1st July 1790 (colour litho) by English School, (18th century); Private Collection; English, out of copyright

Background imageHampstead Collection: Boy Scouts cleaning street sign, London

Boy Scouts cleaning street sign, London
Two Boy Scouts cleaning a street sign in Downshire Hill, Hampstead, north-west London during Scout Job Week. In their spare time

Background imageHampstead Collection: King Edward VII opening University College School, Hampstead

King Edward VII opening University College School, Hampstead on July 26th, 1907 Date: 1907

Background imageHampstead Collection: Heath Street, Hampstead by R. G. Matthews

Heath Street, Hampstead by R. G. Matthews
A charming view of Heath Street in Hampstead, North London with its range of traditional shops and pubs and with far fewer cars than you are likely to see today

Background imageHampstead Collection: Dennis Brain Letter 1955

Dennis Brain Letter 1955
A letter from Dennis Brain, French horn player, to an admirer, enclosing his photograph

Background imageHampstead Collection: Bull & Bush, Hampstead

Bull & Bush, Hampstead
A famous Hampstead pub, still in existence today

Background imageHampstead Collection: Photograph of Jack Straws Castle PH, Hampstead (New), London

Photograph of Jack Straws Castle PH, Hampstead (New), London. The main side of the print (shown here) depicts: Right face on view of the pub

Background imageHampstead Collection: Hampstead, from the Kilburn Road (engraving)

Hampstead, from the Kilburn Road (engraving)
3636838 Hampstead, from the Kilburn Road (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Hampstead, from the Kilburn Road)

Background imageHampstead Collection: The First London County Council (engraving)

The First London County Council (engraving)
1055803 The First London County Council (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The First London County Council)

Background imageHampstead Collection: Hamstead Heath Snow

Hamstead Heath Snow
A winter scene on Hampstead Heath, London, with morning sunshine after a fall of snow. Date: 1960s

Background imageHampstead Collection: Injured Cat

Injured Cat
A veterinary surgeon holding a cat at the Cats Hospital, Hampstead, London

Background imageHampstead Collection: MFB (later LCC / LFB) Hampstead fire station

MFB (later LCC / LFB) Hampstead fire station
Built originally for the MFB in 1868, Hampstead fire station was located at 49 Heath Street. It became the responsibility of the London County Council in 1889 upon the LCCs creation

Background imageHampstead Collection: View of London (oil on board)

View of London (oil on board)
OJ451958 View of London (oil on board) by Ginner, Charles (1878-1952); Private Collection; © Ackermann Johnson

Background imageHampstead Collection: Judo as self-defence as demonstrated by Phyllis Boutell

Judo as self-defence as demonstrated by Phyllis Boutell
Page showing Miss Phyllis Boutell and Mr Charles Cawkell demonstrating how judo, or ju-jitsu, can be an effective form of self-defence if attacked

Background imageHampstead Collection: Hampstead, London, England, Uk

Hampstead, London, England, Uk

Background imageHampstead Collection: Skating on a frozen Whitestone Pond, Hampstead Heath, London. Date: 1933

Skating on a frozen Whitestone Pond, Hampstead Heath, London. Date: 1933

Background imageHampstead Collection: A visit to Westfield College, Hampstead by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother

A visit to Westfield College, Hampstead by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (in her role as Chancellor of the University of London) accompanied by Principal Dr Kathleen Chesney. Date: 1957

Background imageHampstead Collection: A Beatnik party at Hampstead. August 1960

A Beatnik party at Hampstead. August 1960

Background imageHampstead Collection: Scenes in Hampstead, north London. 24th September 1954

Scenes in Hampstead, north London. 24th September 1954

Background imageHampstead Collection: Twins in a pram on Holly Hill in Hampstead, North London. April 1954

Twins in a pram on Holly Hill in Hampstead, North London. April 1954

Background imageHampstead Collection: Views from Hampstead Heath, north London. Circa 1947

Views from Hampstead Heath, north London. Circa 1947

Background imageHampstead Collection: Flora Rankin, Irene MacDonald, and Mary Josephine MacDonald at Elm Lodge, July 1863

Flora Rankin, Irene MacDonald, and Mary Josephine MacDonald at Elm Lodge, July 1863. Irene and Mary MacDonald were the children of Scottish novelist and poet George MacDonald

Background imageHampstead Collection: Sonny Rollins, Klooks Kleek Club, Railway Hotel, West Hampstead, London, 1967. Creator

Sonny Rollins, Klooks Kleek Club, Railway Hotel, West Hampstead, London, 1967. Creator
Sonny Rollins, Klooks Kleek Club, Railway Hotel, West Hampstead, London, 1967

Background imageHampstead Collection: The Music Room, Kenwood House, Hampstead Heath, c1950. Creator: Shirley Markham

The Music Room, Kenwood House, Hampstead Heath, c1950. Creator: Shirley Markham
The Music Room, Kenwood House, Hampstead Heath, c1950. Kenwood House in north London was remodelled by Robert Adam from 1764-1779



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"Hampstead: A Haven of Art, History, and Natural Beauty" Nestled in the heart of London, it has long been a source of inspiration for artists and writers alike. From John Keats finding solace in its serene landscapes to Fortunino Matania capturing the essence of his studio within its bounds, this neighborhood is steeped in creative history. As you stroll along West End Lane, you can almost feel the presence of past generations who have walked these very streets. The Spaniards Inn stands proudly as a sketch by Matania immortalizes its charm. And nearby, at West Hampstead fire station, LCC-MFB firefighters have bravely protected this community throughout the years. Transportation has always played a vital role here too. An English poster from 1910 showcases the convenience Railway Non-Stop Services while highlighting London's arms and seals with pride. The viaduct that stretches across Hampstead Heath serves as a reminder of how infrastructure seamlessly blends into nature's beauty. Speaking of which, Hampstead Heath itself is an oasis within bustling London. Its lush greenery invites visitors to escape city life and immerse themselves in tranquility. Whether it be 1939 or present day, this haven remains timeless. But beware. Windy weather can occasionally sweep through Gillray's satirical illustrations depicting life on the heath. Yet even amidst gusts and storms, there is an undeniable allure to this place that keeps drawing people back time after time. And finally, let us not forget about connectivity – Charing Cross to Hampsted tube railway provides seamless access between two iconic locations within our beloved capital city. Hampstead truly encapsulates everything that makes London special – artistry intertwined with history against a backdrop of natural wonders. So come explore this enchanting neighborhood where creativity thrives and nature flourishes; discover why it continues to captivate hearts for centuries on end.