Conservation & heritage

City of London – Hampstead Heath The Heath is owned and managed by the City of London Corporation.
City of London – Hampstead Ponds and Dams
Burgh House & Hampstead Museum Burgh House is a Grade I listed house built in the early years of the 18th century. The Hampstead Museum is incorporated in the House on the first floor and offers permanent displays on Hampstead history.
Camden History Society Concerned with the local history (institutions, houses, people and social movements) of the whole London Borough of Camden, including Hampstead, Highgate, Kentish Town, Camden Town and West Hampstead.
English Heritage exists to protect and promote England’s spectacular historic environment and ensure that its past is researched and understood. English Heritage own Kenwood House.
Fenton House London’s most enchanting country house and Hampstead’s oldest building.
The Friends of Kenwood House
Hampstead Garden Suburb adjacent to the north of the Heath, was founded in 1907 by Dame Henrietta Barnett.
Hampstead Heath a private website with extensive material about the Heath.
Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum helping residents to shape development in Hampstead and South End Green.
Heath Hands is a volunteer organisation created to help conserve the special character of Hampstead Heath and to give everyone who enjoys the Heath an opportunity to make a difference.
The Highgate Society aims to make Highgate and its neighbourhood a better place in which to live and work; to ensure that any changes made in the environment enhance the amenity of the area; to encourage sound planning and to improve public transport.
Kenwood House Set in leafy grounds beside Hampstead Heath, this outstanding house was remodelled by Robert Adam between 1764 and 1779.
Keats House is where John Keats lived from 1818 to 1820 and is the setting which inspired some of Keats’s most memorable poetry. Here, Keats wrote “Ode to a Nightingale”, and fell in love with Fanny Browne, the girl next door.
Keats Community is a volunteer-run charity at 10 Keats Grove, Hampstead, operated by the community that took over from the Camden Heath Library which was closed in March 2012.
2 Willow Road is a unique Modernist home designed by architect Ernὂ Goldfinger in 1939 for himself and his family.
Tomb with a View The picturesque and historic graveyard of Hampstead parish Church: the last resting place of some of the famous, the infamous, the ordinary and the extraordinary citizens of Hampstead.
London’s Northern Heights Heritage trails Eleven self-guided trails covering over 850 points of interest available from local retailers or on-line.

Arts & entertainment

Belsize Park Film Society
Everyman Cinema Hampstead
Everyman Cinema Belsize Park
Hampstead Theatre
Hampstead Arts Festival
Pentameters Theatre

Library

Keats Community Library

Estate Agents

Amberden Estates
Anscombe & Ringland
Benham and Reeves
Foxtons
Goldschmidt & Howland
Hamptons International
Knight Frank
Salter Rex
Savills
TK International
Welby (rentals)

Photographs and film

Matthew Maran The award-winning wildlife photographer of Hampstead Heath and other wild places. He publishes books, calendars and cards. www.matthewmaran.com *
Britain From Above Aerial photographs 1919-1953
Camden @Flickr For all your photos of the London Borough of Camden, perhaps the markets, the canal, those punks that sit on the bridge that hate being photographed, or anything else.
Hampstead Dog Walkies @Flickr Pics of dogs and people walking their dogs up on Hampstead Heath.
Hampstead Heath @Flickr From Gospel Oak to Golders Green – From Highgate to the Vale of Health.
Hampstead Heath Shooting Pictures entered in The Heath & Hampstead Society’s 2007 photo competition.
Heath Life is a film and education programme that aims to celebrate the rich heritage of Hampstead Heath and explore its role and resonance for Londoners today.

Government

City of London Corporation
Environment Agency
London Borough of Camden
Mayor of London & London Assembly
Transport for London

Media

Camden Gazette
Camden New Journal
Google Books has books on Hampstead
Hampstead and Highgate Express
Hampstead Village Voice A satirical, irreverent and controversial magazine for Hampstead.

Scientific

Hampstead Scientific Society, founded 1899, looks after the Hampstead observatory.
London Natural History Society members have two things in common – an interest in nature and a wish to learn more about London’s diverse wildlife.
London Wildlife Trust is a charity working to conserve and improve the Capital’s natural environment for Londoners.
The Marylebone Birdwatching Society is based in Hampstead, North London, but attracts members and visitors from all parts of London and beyond.
NW3 Weather has live and historical weather conditions, as well as a webcam, local forecasts, and weather photography – including the Heath.
Rupert Sheldrake, one of the world’s most innovative biologists, has revolutionised scientific thinking with his vision of a living, developing universe with its own inherent memory.

Social

The Heath & Hampstead Society on Facebook
The Heath & Hampstead Society on Instagram
The Heath & Hampstead Society on Twitter

Reopening facilities on the Heath

Good news at last! From Wednesday 2 December many of the facilities on the Heath will be reopening.
• Parliament Hill Athletics Track
• Tennis courts at Parliament Hill, Golders Hill Park and Queen’s Park
• The Parliament Hill Fields Lido
• The Highgate Men’s Bathing Pond and the Kenwood Ladies’ Bathing Pond
• Small weddings will be permitted – 15 people or less (Golders Hill Park and Queen’s Park)
• Children’s Farm (Queen’s Park)
• Pitch and Putt (Queen’s Park)
• The Peggy Jay Centre (advance booking required)
• Guardians Gym (at the Lido)
• Trim Trails at Hampstead Heath, Highgate Wood and Queen’s Park
• Football and Rugby
• Volunteering
• Licenced Events e.g. children’s activities, Be Military Fit and the Hampstead Winter Swimming Club.
• Cafés (with limited outdoor seating)

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Commuter Cycling threatens Heath

Prior to the pandemic, the position with Heath cycle routes was that the City would not review any new proposals for more cycle paths until 2022.

In light of the pandemic, Camden Council are now looking at measures to encourage cycling (etc) in the borough.

There are at least six proposals for increased cycling on the Heath.

The position of the Society is that no more cycling should be allowed on the Heath. A vision of how more cycling would adversely affect the Heath and its pedestrians has been given to us during lockdown when the City was unable to enforce the Heath bylaws and cycling was uncontrolled. We received many valid complaints about the damage to the Heath and the danger to pedestrians.

The Heath now gets 11 million pedestrian visits a year and there is simply not the space on the existing pathways for more cycling. We’d like to thank members for writing to oppose more cycling on the Heath.

https://camdensafetravel.commonplace.is/comments

The Heath is not, and should not be made, part of London’s transport infrastructure. We firmly believe that any increased cycling arrangements now introduced under the pretext of the pandemic will become permanent.

Current proposals for more Heath cycling (there may be others):

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London’s Refuge since 1349

By Will Coles, Heath Sub-Committee.

View from Parliament Hill 1913

For many Londoners, our green spaces – especially the Heath – are an important amenity where we can take refuge from city life with fresh air, wildlife, and beautiful views. Hampstead in particular has long been seen as a retreat in times of crisis.
In his History of Westminster Abbey, the 15th century monk John Flete recorded that the abbot of Westminster, Simon de Bircheston, fled to Hampstead in order to escape the Black Death in May 1349. However, de Bircheston efforts were in vain and he died later that year from plague.
In January 1524, soothsayers predicted that London would face a great flood and thousands of homes would be swept away on February 1.
Many families, both rich and poor, fled to Hampstead believing that its high elevation would protect them.

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Society’s Bird Survey finds family of buzzards.

A nesting birds survey conducted by the Society has found a family of buzzards at Kenwood.
Jeff Waage, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who is leading the research, said: “It is exceedingly rare to see these sorts of birds in an urban area, and now all of a sudden they’re here, hanging
around. It’s something that we never expected to see when we decided to begin the survey. Our buzzards show us how easily wildlife can return if we just make space for it.”

Article in The Times

All Heath Walks are CANCELLED until further notice due to the Coronavirus.

Society wins case against builder of illegal new house on Heath

‘The site of Bren Cottage’


Follow the history of the case through our Newsletter archive:

Hidden house discovered

Trees lost

Owner appeals

Battle lines drawn

Waiting

Victory in court



Society thanks the City for 30 years of caring for the Heath.

The City of London Corporation has been managing and preserving the Heath since 1989. During that time, the Society has been working closely with the City and it was only fitting to host a party to mark that anniversary and honour the relationship. The selection of photographs, courtesy of Diana Von R Photography, and the reprint of the addresses by Society Chair Marc Hutchinson and Karina Dostalova, Chair of the City’s Hampstead Heath Management Committee, recreate the festive ambience from that late summer evening.

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Shepherds in action

Watch The Society welcome the sheep!