Norway House

On this site stood Norway House and Norway Yard.

By the beginning of the 19th century this fine house set in its own large garden, had become a famous boarding academy for young gentlemen. We know that in 1805 the school was run by Bidmead & Johnson, but by 1840 control was in the hands of James Hessey. There is a story in Mary Hill’s “Hampstead in Light and Shade” of bread and apples being smuggled in to the hungry pupils by a kindly maidservant. The house and garden underwent further changes of use before being swept away in 1931 to make room for a garage. At a point nearby coaches set-off for London when Hampstead was a country town.

Date plaque was erected: not known
Plaque erected by: The Heath & Hampstead Society
At address: Spencer Walk
Postal code: NW3 1QF

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