Dartmouth Park

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Post to the north Highgate

Post to the west Parliament Hill

Post to the east Archway

Post to the south North London Line Gospel Oak

Boscastle Road

Raydon Street

Chester Road corner shops in a different idiom

Chester Road

73 Victorian house 1870 converted to have a very low carbon footprint. Wood burning stove, water conservation, insulation, solar panels, etc.

Highgate Branch Library.  First borough branch library by Carnegie

Croftdown Road

Flats St Pancras Borough housing of 1922-30 by A.J. Thomas. 

Dartmouth Hill Road?

St. Mary Brookfield, 1876, not of special merit, sculpture inside

St Anne’s?

Robin Grove ,

Dartmouth Park,

Residential district developed from c.1870, named from the Earls of Dartmouth, owners of the estate here during the 18th and 19th centuries. Small streets laid out haphazardly in the last quarter of c19 over the undulating foothills of Highgate

Dartmouth Park Avenue

Dartmouth Park Road.

Enthusiasm for concrete surfaces had evaporated by the time of the later phase along Dartmouth Park Road (1978-81, Bill Forrest, Oscar Palacio); here the more homely brick terraces of houses and flats have wide overhanging eaves and are prettily ornamented with timber trellises and colourful balconies. The final phase remained unbuilt, the surviving Victorian terraces nearby bearing witness to doubts whether so much reconstruction had ever been necessary. [

St.Peter's   1879-80 by C. L. Luck a rather good town church of the same plan as Luck two churches in the Isle of Wight’. Red 

St.Mary Brookfield.  1869-75 by J Butterfield; chancel 1881 by W. C. Street. 

Vicarage Plain rendered by Temple Moore, 1911-12.

Grove Terrace Mews

Country garden oasis set within the walls of an old orchard. Mixed borders, pond and courtyard, as well as fruit trees, create a tranquil atmosphere

Highgate New Town

Trying to integrate Euston Main Line with surrounding neighbourhood as a response to site restoration views and greenery.  Communal facilities designed to minimise circulation and still be spatially interesting

Area of gravel diggings in 15th and 16th century

Highgate Hill

Holly Lodge.  The home of Angela Burdett Coutts was near junction of Swains Lane.  Demolished 1920. Dickens used to visit her there.

6-7, 9-10, 11 more spacious stuccoed villas of 1839

31 Betjeman’s childhood home one of a group of 1860 stucco and brick terrace houses uphill from Millfield Lane.

Holly Lodge. built in 1798 by Sir Henry Tempest which was later to be known as The Holly Lodge and in 1809 a young actress, Harriot Mellon, took over the lease on the property. She married the banker Thomas Coutts in 1815 and enlarged the house and grounds by buying adjacent properties. When Harriot Mellon died in 1837 she left the house and her fortune to Mr Coutts' granddaughter, Angela Burdett. Between 1849 and 1906 Holly Lodge became world famous as the rural retreat of one of the most remarkable women of the 19th century with grand galas and festivities taking place in the house and the meadows. Angela Burdett-Coutts had married in 1881 The former 'lodge' was demolished during the building of the new roads of houses and no trace of the building now remains, apart from a plaque at the entrance to the gardens taken from the north wall.

Holly lodge estate and after her death her husband put the property on the market. it failed to sell it was not until 1922, after the death of her husband, that even outlying parts of the estate were sold: Eventually, in March 1923, the remainder of the estate, advertised as and subsequently always referred to as the Holly Lodge Estate, was sold for £45,000 and resold at the same price later that year to London Garden Suburbs Limited with the building of the first road of houses, on 

Holly Lodge EstateThe Holly Lodge Estate 

Select garden suburb in the grounds of Angela’s villa 1923 remarkable. Select development mixing family houses and flats intended for lady workers.  Also a restaurant and a social centre. The grounds were landscaped. Part of the gardens remains as a private between Robin Grove and Holly Lodge Gardens. The stables were in St Albans Road.

St.Alban's Villas.  Site of Hermitage which had one little room of Ivy and elm with naked figures on the ceiling.  For the Prince Regent.  Who built it?  Ebenezer hid there in 1824, H. Farthing £170,000 stock, burnt down in 1860

Gentleman's farm until bought by Burdett Coutts.

Highgate Road

Crossed by the Fleet tributary from Ken Wood at around the St.Alban's Road level, coming from the ponds.  It was 13 ft wide at flood.  Stream crosses again further down and joined by another tributary

Well sunk by Hampstead Water Company in an enclosure which was part of Kentish Town Green Common running along the west of Highgate Road at the foot of Parliament Hill Fields. The well was completed to a depth in 1845; it was approximately at Croftdown Road. The engine installed there was a beam engine with a 44in. and a 10ft stroke, made at St Austell.  In an attempt to obtain further water a boring was begun early in 1853 but the effort was abandoned after reaching a depth of 1,302 ft.  The engine was taken down and re-erected at the New River Company's Hornsey works in 1858.  The enclosure, with the site of the Kentish Town boring, was added to Parliament Hill Fields in 1890 and the claims over the enclosure of the New River Company were purchased for £6,500 by the London County Council out of the sum of £12,000 paid by the Midland Railway Company in 1889 for concessions during railway extensions over Old St Pancras Churchyard. Incidentally how the Hampstead Water Company became possessed of the land is a mystery.

Open Spaces.  Maintained by the owner.

Kentish Town parish church.  Medieval parish church replaced in 1782.  Redundant.  Remodelling of a Wyatt church – ‘deplorably done’ in 1843.  Wyatt’s first church.  Various monuments and a Burne Jones window

William Ellis School


The long carriage way through the grounds of Holly Lodge. It now climbs uphill between manicured verges and trim half-timbered villas. The most prominent buildings on the estate are the weird half-timbered mans blocks between Hillway and Swain's Lane, built in 1924 for 'workers'. They had a restaurant and social centre in Makepe Avenue. This, and some of the flats, were replaced with flats Camden in 1975-7.

HOLLY LODGE ESTATE the land to the east of the new central road was instead acquired by the Lady Workers' Homes Limited to build blocks of rooms for single women moving to London in order to work as secretaries and clerks in the city on the Eastern side of the estate. the estate currently has two main access roads. The upper one to Highgate West Hill closing every night until mid-morning, the lower one to Swains Lane being closed randomly with access then controlled by estate staff. 

Langbourne Mansions was built first and provided 88 self-contained flats designed from the outset as bed-sitting rooms, sometimes with bedroom or kitchen alcoves, and offered an acceptable way for single women to live near to London on their own. Only three flats in the whole of Makepeace Mansions and Holly Lodge Mansions had their own bathroom one for the caretaker and the remaining one for the stoker for the central boiler). The remainder all had shared bathroom and toilet facilities, which is still the case for seven of the blocks even today. Makepeace Mansions originally provided 269 rooms and Holly Lodge Mansions on Oakeshott Avenue had 408 flats but later conversions have seen this number reduced as bedsits have given way to self-contained flats. New regulations have seen a start on the conversion of the remaining bedsits to self-contained accommodation during 2005.

Plaque from the north wall of the estate orchard

St.Anne Brookfield.  Lots of them in these posh suburbs.  1858 founded by Anne Brookfield.  Various works of art.

Vicarage has St.Anne’s Close in the garden, planned as Co-operative housing by Segal. Former vicarage near St Anne's Church is also early c19, grey brick with modillioned eaves.

Laurier Road

Magdala Road

Raydon Street

St Alban's Road

Brookfield Brook joined Fleet tributary from Kenwood here.  End houses stand in what was an ornamental pond fed by the stream.  Built on site of 1777 big house modelled on Wanstead House, with a pond fed by the Fleet.  It became Bateman's Folly or Annuity Hall.  Later owned by Hurd who also built some follies, then bought by Angela Burdett Coutts

Baroness Burdett Coutts.  Had the Kentish Town stable stud there.  Stable block on St.Alban's Road - called Brookfields Garages.

Flats post-war St Pancras Borough flats, pale brick in slight Swedish style

St. Alban's Road

St.Ann's Close

in the former garden of the vicarage. A notable development of 1950-2 Planned as a co-operative scheme by Walter Segal for himself and his friends. Well-proportioned, economically planned two-storey houses with traditional brick walls, pantiled roofs with deep eaves and minimal metal windows, and the inexpensive details handled with exceptional care. Long frontages, with unfenced front gardens carefully grouped around a communal green with trees.Stoneleigh Terrace

Swains lane

Holly Village.  Angela Burdett Coutts’, model village for her workers.  1865. 'Endearing hedgehogs'  'preposterous'.  Ornate Gothic style. ‘Horror Gothic enclave’ built by the fabulously wealthy philanthropist Baroness Burden-Courts in 1865; a picturesque eye catcher from her estate. The group of eight buildings by her favourite architect. Henry Darbishire, is placed round a green. The material stock brick; the fussy Gothic ornamental detail is in timber, with some stone carving. The gatehouse is symmetrical; the other houses, although balancing each other, are deliberately but only asymmetrical, even the one forming the vista from the gateway. All immaculately kept, down to the rustic lattice fencing thick holly hedges. Holly Village is a conception unusual for its date in London, comparable with rural rather than urban impositions, although its distant ancestors are Nash's Park on the fringe of Regents Park

Swains Lane extension, the ‘New’ or East Cemetery, was opened in 1854. Buried here are George Eliot - Mary Ann Evans, William Friese-Green 'the inventor of kinematography and Karl Marx. The Marx monument over the re-sited grave was sculpted by Lawrence Bradshaw and the plinth is engraved with quotations from Das Kapital. The monument was unveiled in 1956 by the late Harry Pollitt, then General Secretary of the British Communist Party

Winscombe Street

A small experimental group of five houses and studio for a housing association, including Neave Brown's own house, 1963-4. Simple materials and details - concrete blocks, brick and timber, as used later by Neave Brown for Camden's schemes in Dunboyne Road and Alexandra Road. 

York Rise

Service street which binds the residential roads together, informal mix of small Victorian shops and later infilling.

Winscombe Street



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