In the Domesday Book Hamestede was valued at 50 shillings – a small farm with pigs and ploughs. (more…)
In the early 1700s Hampstead became a popular spa destination, rivalling both Bath and Tunbridge Wells. It’s bitter ferruginous waters were said to cure gout, gravel, shingles and scrofula.
You can listen for free to music played on the country’s finest collections of early keyboard instruments at Fenton House (built c.1698), Hampstead’s oldest house. (more…)
At the village’s highest point Hampstead has its own observatory with a marvellous 6-inch refracting telescope, open and free to public. (more…)
During WWII the Borough of Hampstead was hit by 467 bombs and missiles and thousands of incendiaries, it suffered 1,134 casualties, of which over 200 were fatal.
So great was Hampstead author Ian Fleming’s dislike of the modern architectural masterpiece built at 2 Willow Road, he named his most famous villain after the architect: Goldfinger.
At the epicentre of the Hampstead Storm of 14 August 1975, it has been estimated that as much as 200mm of rain may have fallen in 95 minutes – the single greatest inundation over such a short period since records began.
Hampstead, it is said, has more millionaires within its boundaries than anywhere else in the UK.
The largest employer in Hampstead is the Royal Free Hospital, the first in the UK to train female doctors.
There were other reasons for coming to Hampstead in the late 17th century other than for healthy air and water. Protestant dissenters were forbidden to preach within 5 miles of Charing Cross, but in distant Hampstead they found sympathy. They registered a meeting place on Rosslyn Hill in 1691 and on that same site still stands today the Unitarian Chapel.