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Plaques and historic street signs restored

Refurbished Mark Gertler plaque
As reported in the Blog some weeks ago work has begun to restore the Society plaques on the former homes of seven famous residents, on the Parish Lock-up and on the Watch House.

The Parish Lock-up can be found on Cannon Lane along with the cannon barrels that mark the edge of the curb; and the Watch House is at the top of Holly Walk, just round the corner from R.L. Stevenson’s House.

Committee members Frank Harding and Juliette Sonabend, who have been driving the work forward, are to be congratulated for all their hard work.

Whose homes were they, and where can you find them?
  • H.H. Asquith, the great reforming Prime Minister, in Maresfield Gardens
  • John Constable, painter, in Lower Terrace
  • Henry Cole, ‘inventor’ of the Christmas card, in Elm Row
  • the artist Mark Gertler’s studios opposite Ye Olde White Bear in New End; 
  • George Orwell, writer, at the top of Parliament Hill; 
  • composer William Walton on Holly Berry Lane; 
  • and John Lewis on Birchwood Drive.
You may also have noticed that some of Hampstead’s historic street signs are also looking in rude health. That too is down to the hard work of Juliette who has photographed and catalogued every street sign in Hampstead: noting chipped and damaged tiles, missing letters, multiple typefaces at single junctions etc. And then successfully lobbying Camden to do something about it! 

Photos of the restored street signs and further details about this work will be posted on the web site in due course.