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Coordinates: 51°34′59″N 0°11′06″W / 51.583°N 0.185°W / 51.583; -0.185

Hampstead Garden Suburb
Litchfield Way, Hampstead Garden Suburb.jpg
Hampstead Garden Suburb is located in Greater London
Hampstead Garden Suburb

 Hampstead Garden Suburb shown within Greater London
OS grid reference TQ265885
London borough Barnet
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LONDON
Postcode district N2
Postcode district NW11
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament Finchley & Golders Green
London Assembly Barnet and Camden
List of places: UK • England • London

Hampstead Garden Suburb is a suburb, situated North of Hampstead, to the West of Highgate, and East of Golders Green. It is an example of early 20th Century domestic architecture and town planning located in the London Borough of Barnet in North West London. The master plan was prepared by Barry Parker and Sir Raymond Unwin.

It was founded in 1907 by Henrietta Barnett, who, with her husband, Samuel Augustus Barnett, had started Whitechapel Art Gallery and Toynbee Hall. Among the scheme’s aims were:

  • it should cater for all classes of people, and all income groups
  • there should be a low housing density
  • roads should be wide, and tree-lined
  • houses should be separated by hedges, not walls
  • woods and public gardens should be free to all
  • it should be quiet (no church bells)

All this needed a Private bill before Parliament as it was counter to local bylaws.

In the 1930s the "Suburb" (as it is known by locals) expanded to the north of the A1. While more characterful than most other suburban housing, some of the housing to the north is considered, overall, of less architectural value.

On Central Square, laid out by Sir Edwin Lutyens, you can find two large churches - St. Jude's Church and The Free Church - as well as a Quaker Meeting House. There are two mixed state primary schools in the Suburb, Garden Suburb and Brookland. There is also a state girls' grammar school, Henrietta Barnett School. The school used to house The Institute, an adult education centre, but most of The Institute has now moved to accommodation in East Finchley opposite the tube station, with the opening of a new purpose-built arts centre. Shops and other services are provided in the shopping parades of Market Place and Temple Fortune, with Golders Green and East Finchley within walking distance for those who live at either end. Little Wood houses an open-air arena which is used for summer theatrical performances.

High house prices and the very small proportion of housing association housing means that Hampstead Garden Suburb has an almost entirely upper-middle class population.

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Geography

Notable Residents (present)

Constantine, the last King of Greece
Sir Donald Sinden
Jonathan Ross
Martin Bell
Marc Sinden
Theo Adams
Lord Winston
David Matthews
Richard & Judy Finnigan

Notable Residents (past)

Elizabeth Taylor
Alastair Sim
Robert Donat
Tony Hancock
Harold Wilson
Noel Edmonds
Nigel Stock
Sir Donald Wolfit
Sir Ove Arup
Cyril Luckham
Darrell Figgis

HGS Residents Association

The Suburb has an active Residents' Association, with some 2,200 households in membership, which is co-ordinating an ambitious programme of events supported by 25 Suburb organisations for its Centenary Year in 2007.

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