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

How Hampstead Heath was Saved – a story of people power by Helen Lawrence

published by Camden History Society with the support of the Heath & Hampstead Society. The book can be bought from Camden History Society’s website.

“This book shows what can be achieved – Helen Lawrence has a fascinating story to tell.”
Griff Rhys Jones

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Society objects to conversion of police station into school

7 reasons why we are objecting again. Download as PDF or

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Protect Millfield Lane and Hampstead Heath from Urbanisation

In the Planning Report of our January newsletter you will find details of an application for a totally unacceptable development of five houses in a beautiful garden right on the edge of the Heath . The Society is supporting a petition launched by the Friends of Millfield Lane and we would encourage members to sign it https://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/millfield2019

The Springett Lecture on Bird Migration

Bird Navigation: How do swifts find their way back to Hampstead, and how do pigeons home?

Delivered by Dr Rupert Sheldrake

At Rosslyn Hill Chapel on Thursday 17 October 2019

7:30 refreshments, 8:00pm talk. Admission is free and non-members are welcome

Every spring swifts fly from equatorial Africa across the Sahara desert and over Spain and France before crossing the sea to England. They often return to the same place they nested the previous year, where they meet their life-long mates. Racing pigeons can fly home from 600 miles away in a single day, even when released far from anywhere they have ever been before. How do they do it?

Despite decades of research, bird navigation remains unexplained. A magnetic sense may play a part and so may the sun’s position. Landmarks help when birds are near their destination and in familiar terrain. But something more mysterious is going on.

Dr Sheldrake will discuss possible explanations, and describe some of his own experiments carried out in conjunction with the Royal Dutch Navy, in which the pigeons’ home was on a ship that traversed the Atlantic.

Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D. is a biologist and author of more than 85 scientific papers and nine books, including The Science Delusion. He was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge and a Research Fellow of the Royal Society, and is now a Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, in Petaluma, California, and of Schumacher College, in Dartington, Devon. He lives in Hampstead and has been a member of the HHS Heath Sub-Committee for more than 25 years. His web site is www.sheldrake.org

South Fairground Site Public Inquiry

This public inquiry scheduled for 11-12 December 2018 (as stated in our October newsletter) has been postponed until 2019. When the new dates are known, they will be announced here.

The Ladies Pond gets further international recognition.

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Society battles to save Heath plot from development.

Land left by Harry Hallowes, the so-called Hermit of Hampstead Heath, is in danger of being bought by developers. The charities to whom Harry left the land that he squatted for twenty years have decided to auction it to the highest bidder. Despite Harry’s known wishes that the land be left in its wild and natural state.

Harry’s plot is completely surrounded by the Heath. The Society is bitterly disappointed that the vendors of the plot have rejected a generous purchase offer made by the City of London, financially supported by the Society. Although strict covenants and planning laws prevent the plot being used except as a garden, there is always a risk that, if the land remains in private hands, it will become subject to attempted development, greatly to the detriment of the surrounding Heath.

The Society regards the plot as a natural part of the Heath, and feels very strongly that it should be publicly enjoyed as part of the Heath proper.

The Ponds film – Still Waters Run Deep

After two years’ work including a 12-month filming period, The Ponds – a documentary celebration of the year-round swimmers and the Hampstead Heath ponds – is ready for release.

Co-producers Patrick McLennan and Samuel Smith endeavoured to capture life at the unique swimming ponds over all four seasons, getting to know the regular swimmers and trying to capture the essence of the unique urban swimming spots.


“The cold water unites swimmers in a way you don’t often see in ordinary life,” said Patrick. “We’ve heard a lot of stories over the year: some funny, some sad, many of them heart-warming. There’s a shared bond over the pleasure and benefits of swimming in the ponds that brings the regulars together.

 

“Not for nothing have we subtitled the film the ‘healing waters of Hampstead Heath’.”

The Ponds tracks a group of different personalities at the Men’s, Ladies’ and Mixed Ponds, giving a revealing perspective of their lives plus an insight into what the ponds are all about, which you’d only otherwise get if you were a regular.

The Heath is captured in all its beauty, from the first shoots of spring when the water temperature hovers around 10-12ºC, through the heat and crowds of summer to the bleak onset of autumn and the shivering descent into winter.

“High points of the film include the excitement of the iconic Christmas Day Races and the winter swimmers breaking the ice,” said Patrick. “The snow scenes in particular have some heart-stopping moments.”

The Ponds (Still Waters Run Deep) will be shown at the Everyman Hampstead from early January. Check the cinema for screening details.

Society thrilled that Neighbourhood Plan voted in.

After years of hard work and hours spent consulting, meeting and drafting, the Hampstead Neighbourhood Plan has been voted in by an overwhelming majority. 91.5% voting in favour on a 20.5% turnout. The final step is for Camden to formally adopt the Plan, which could take a few months; meanwhile the plan carries substantial weight and should be referred to in planning decisions.