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Downshire Hill
Grid reference: TQ265855
Location: 51°33’15"N, 0°10’28"W
Post town: London
Postcode: NW3
Dialling code: 020
Local Government
Council: Camden
Hampstead and Kilburn

Hampstead is wealthy town set below Hampstead Heath in Middlesex. Its name derives from the Old English Hamstede meaning "homestead", which well represents its comfy, prosperous residential character.

Hampstead Heath is a verdant hill serving as a public open space. There are fine views over London from here. A string of ponds on either side of the Heath are the twin sources of the River Fleet, no longer the fine river it once was, now its lower reached are culverted and drawn off for flushing the drains.

Hampstead Garden Suburb

Hampstead Garden Suburb was an early outgrowth of the "Garden City" movement which began at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The Suburb was created in 1906 and laid out around a central square, called Central Square, with an attempt to created a mixed character town incorporating gardens and woodland.

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