VINTAGE MAPS of Hampstead Heath, Hampstead and Highgate - HAMPSTEAD HEATH - 2016***

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VINTAGE MAPS of Hampstead Heath, Hampstead and Highgate

One of the best ways of showing the historical changes to and developments of Hampstead Heath is by studying the many maps that have been produced from as early as the sixteenth century to the present day.

Studying the textural historical descriptions and images in accompanying pages and looking at significant maps are some of the best ways of learning how these changes have taken place and underlie the real fights that have had to take place in order to maintain Hampstead Heath as a unique and wonderful heritage enjoyed today by millions of visitors each year. 
1579 Cantii Middlesex main
1579 Cantii, Southsexiae, Surriae et Middlesexiae, Christopher Saxton
1680 - 1871 The Heath Shrinks
1720 ROAD FROM LONDON TO ST ALBANS VIA ISLINGTON, HIGHGATE, OWEN BOWEN
1744 Rocques Survey of London
1744 George IV Map of Hampstead
1741 - 1745 Hampstead Heath
1745 Hampstead
1800 St Pancras Parish map
1803 Hampstead
1832 Middlesex
(LEFT) A County map, drawn up by Lieutenant Robert Kearsley Dawson of the Royal Engineers, and  published for the Boundaries Commission 1832 . 

The map bears Dawson's  facsimile signature. The country was surveyed by the commision in support of the 1832 reform bill - a major shake up of the nation's parliamentary representation.
Areas included on the map are, Harrow on the Hill, Staines, Enfield, Hammersmith  to name but a few.
1853 Hampstead Heath
(LEFT) A diagramatic map of Hampstead Heath from "The Builder" Note that Parliament Hill is refered to as Traitors' Hill and The Spaniards Road sometimes called "The Terrace", probably because of its roadside view over West Heath and The Vale of Health
1862 Maps Of NW London
1873, Highgate
1871 - 1971 Hampstead Heath expansion
c1884 Hampstead, Primrose Hill, Regents Park, Kentish Town, Camden Town, St Pancras map
1904 Hampstead Heath, Highgate & North End
c1900 Hampstead & Highgate
1912 HIGHGATE, KENTISH TOWN - G.W Bacon
1895 HIGHGATE, ISLINGTON, CAMDEN - G.W Bacon
1895 HAMPSTEAD, WILLESDEN, CRICKLEWOOD - Bacon
c1884 Willesden Kilburn Kensal Green W Hampstead map
1910 Hampstead Heath - Public Property
1910 Geological Map of Hampstead Heath
1912 HIGHGATE, KENTISH TOWN - G.W Bacon
1851 Balloon View Of London
(LEFT) A Balloon View of London (1851)

The view is as seen from Hampstead - presumably a tethered balloon on the Heath.
The Crystal Palace is clearly visible in Hyde Park, and 1851 was the year of the Great Exhibition there - so perhaps this map was commissioned in connection with that.

The old Euston station, with its arch, is also obvious, though not King's Cross or St Pancras, which were not finished until the 1860s. The ground seems to be cleared in preparation for building there, though.

The streets have changed quite a lot in places.

Little of South London away from the river has been developed at this point - Bermondsey and Rotherhithe just fade away into fields, for example.

The further away from the Heath, the less accurate the depiction - Rotherhithe Peninsula was never that peninsular, and the dock details look a bit sus. The London Bridge - Deptford railway is there in all its glory, though.

The north-south inversion's not so bad, but the tilted balloon's eye view perspective is a bit disorienting!
1888 Hampstead & Highgate
1910 part of Hampstead & District
1910 Hampstead...Places of Special Interest
1915 Highgate & Hampstead
1912 LONDON - WILLESDEN, HAMPSTEAD - G.W Bacon
1923 Kenwood and Highgate
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