Early Building History of Belsize Park :: Shared Description

The extensive Belsize estate, with its frontage on both sides of Haverstock Hill, was an early magnet for merchants and others who wanted a country house within easy reach of London. From the 16th century onwards there was a steady programme of building, demolition and rebuilding right up to the early 19th century when, in 1808, the Belsize estate was split into nine leasehold estates, focussed on single houses. Until the late 1840s and early 1850s the area remained rural; country houses set in parkland with associated cottages and farm buildings. The middle of the century, however, saw a boom in building and speculation with 99 year building leases granted for all the nine estates and by 1880 Belsize Park, stretching from Hampstead in the north to Clapham in the south was virtually built up, socially homogeneous, with mainly detached and semi-detached houses in a classical or Italianate style, broken only by small groups of mews.

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by Kate Jewell
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TQ2785 : Tasker Road, Belsize Park by Kate Jewell
TQ2785 : Housing on Upper Park Road, Belsize Park by Kate Jewell
TQ2785 : Shops on South Hill Park, Belsize Park NW3 by Kate Jewell
TQ2784 : Belsize Community Library by Kate Jewell
TQ2785 : Art Deco style housing on Upper Park Road, Belsize Park by Kate Jewell
TQ2785 : Two periods of architecture on South Hill Park, NW3 by Kate Jewell
TQ2785 : Blinding reflection, Upper Park Road, Belsize Park by Kate Jewell
TQ2785 : Victorian terrace, Upper Park Road, Belsize Park by Kate Jewell
TQ2785 : Garnett Road, Belsize Park by Kate Jewell
TQ2784 : Shops on England's Lane, Belsize Park by Kate Jewell
TQ2785 : South Hill Park, Belsize Park, NW3 by Kate Jewell
TQ2784 : Former Nurses Home, England's Lane by Kate Jewell
TQ2784 : Primrose Gardens, Belsize Park by Kate Jewell
TQ2785 : Art Deco style housing on Garnett Road, Belsize Park, NW3 by Kate Jewell
TQ2785 : Isokon Building, Lawn Road, Belsize Park by Kate Jewell
TQ2784 : Antrim Grove, Belsize Park by Kate Jewell
TQ2784 : Enjoying lunch on England's Lane, Belsize Park by Kate Jewell
TQ2785 : A glimpse of The Heath by Kate Jewell
TQ2785 : Isokon Building, Lawn Road, Belsize Park by Kate Jewell
TQ2784 : Antrim Road, Belsize Park by Kate Jewell
TQ2784 : Haverstock Hill, Belsize Park by Kate Jewell
TQ2785 : Parliament Hill, Belsize Park, NW3 by Kate Jewell
TQ2785 : Rear of house on South Hill Park by Kate Jewell
TQ2784 : Looking North along Primrose Hill Road by Kate Jewell
TQ2785 : 20th Century building on South Hill Park, NW3 by Kate Jewell

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Created: Wed, 2 Apr 2014, Updated: Thu, 3 Apr 2014

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