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"The Londoners still crowd to Hampstead in the summertimes; and here, forgetting the trials, and cares, and strife of toil and labour, may be seen men, women and children , with light and merry hearts, some seated in groups on the grassy slopes, others running and jumping and enjoying the grasslands of country life. Others, again, find distraction and exercise riding the numerous donkeys, which are always in waiting infront of Jack Straw's Castle.
The easy distance of Hampstead from London, within a sixpenny ride from the Bank, renders it an accessible and well liked resort of the Londoners."
(Illustrated London News, 1850)