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This trendy and cultured north London town has been habitated for a very long time indeed. Prehistoric tribes lived here and Boudicca is reputed to be buried here. The name probably derives from a Saxon farmer who put up his 'homestead' in a clearing of the forest. This high land north of London was all thick forest. Before the Norman conquest the land was given by King Ethelred to Westminster monastery and the abbot erected a gallow here... continued below

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Hampstead was an established village in the 1600's and during the great plague it was invaded by fleeing Londoner's. In 1701 a pump room was built in Well Walk to increase the supply of well water that had taken favour with many of London's taverns and from then on fashionable society began to migrate. Hampstead retains much of its village quality and old world charm. It is full of restaurants opening and closing down. Hampstead Heath covers 800 acres and offers one of the few havens of wild (well semi wild) ground accessible by the London underground.....

Spaniards: In 1584 a beacon was erected to warn Londoners of an invasion by the Spanish Armada and in 1780 the landlord of the Spaniards warded off rioters heading for .... home at Kenwood by giving them free drinks - giving the army time to arrive and arrest them.


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