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In 45 years of walking on the heath I have never seen the pond at the Vale of Health in such a bad condition, covered in the sort of muck we have grown used to seeing on the Viaduct pond - which used to be covered in water lilies.

The same sort of equipment (a floating pump?) has been installed at the Vale of Health as has been utilised (without much success) at the Viaduct pond.

Very sad to see.


Added: May 27, 2017
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I have visited London, Highgate and the Heath several times but was unaware that my family history is part of this area. To see on this website where they actually lived when the census' were taken in the 19th century is fantastic, as well as all the other images and information. Thank you.

Added: December 18, 2016
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WHAT A FANTASTIC SITE I WORK IN THE AREA AND HAVE ALWAY ENJOYED HAMPSTEAD THOUGH NEVER HAVING ENOUGH TIME TO PROPERLY SEE THE PLACE
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Added: August 16, 2016
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This site has some great stuff. Wanted to say though that there are 3 photos of the old Holy Trinity Church Finchley Rd. opposite John Barnes, except that the 3rd one (sepia one) is NOt actually of that now-demolished church! The big window is very similar but the rest of it is wrong if you look closely. Also most importantly Holy Trinity Finchley Rd. has never stood on a corner and in fact the hill rises really steeply behind it and would be too steep for there to have ever been a road like is shown in the 3rd picture. So maybe that 3rd picture can be taken down please? It really is wrong.

Added: July 26, 2016
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February 11, 2016.
Re: Hampstead WWII History.

V1 Flying Bombs.
"The tenth and last incident occurred in November 1944 at King Henry's Road."

My grandparents: W.W.T. Leney and K.J. Leney died at 59 King Henry's Road when a V1 Flying bomb hit heir house.
Their deaths were recorded on November 25th. 1944.

Based on the date, we had always thought that a V2 and not a V1 had killed them. It seems, that it may well have been one of the last V1 s of the war.

If anyone has any further information, I would greatly appreciate them getting in touch at "crusoe@shaw.ca"

Thankyou, Richard Leney.


Added: February 11, 2016
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Would LOVE to be able to contact the lady who said she lived in the dairy at Kenwood.
My mother spent many happy times there staying with my great uncle, William (Squelch), in the dairy. He also was a key keeper/groundsman there and the two girls also worked in the café.
Think this must have been in the late twenties or thirties.
My great aunt, Dorothy, also worked as a nanny in the 'great house' at Kenwood.


Added: January 25, 2016
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Your page on Christ Apostolic Church, Highgate Road, shows a postcard of "St. John's Church, Highgate." The postcard is actually of St. John's Holloway, St. John's Grove/Pemberton Gardens, and still stands as such. I thought I'd bring it to your attention.

Added: November 17, 2015
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Thank you for creating this wonderful website.

I have had the incredible privilege of living in the Hampstead area most of my adult life, the Vale of Health then 30 years between the Heath Extension and Golders Hill Park. I consider myself to be reasonably knowledgeable of the nooks and crannies of Hamsptead Village, Kenwood and, of course, our exquisite Heath. I have also worked in either Hampstead or Highgate most of my working life. Despite all this familiarity I never cease to be surprised by the discovery of a beautiful Georgian alley or the hawthorn outline of an ancient lane. Quite inexplicably I only recently explored the West Heath and was surprised by its size and beauty

Hampstead Village, the Heath, North End and Kenwood are all truly enchanted, almost uncanny places and your website has reminded me of my love for them all.

Thank you so much for your amazing photographs and information. May Hampstead and her Heath be forever unspoiled.

SJL


Added: October 11, 2015
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It's really useful to find so much information brought together within a single website.

A small correction, please! Within the History pages, the MBW is referred to as being the Metropolitan Water Board. It was, of course, the Metropolitan Board of Works - not quite the same thing ...


Added: August 26, 2013
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Thank you very much for your wonderful website, which is almost as diverse and interesting as the Heath itself.

Can I suggest you mention that the famous statistician and geneticist R.A. Fisher lived at Inverforth House. You have probably seen his blue plaque there.


Added: September 20, 2012
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