Sunday, March 15, 2015

Hampstead for visitors -Blue Plaque heaven

I'm a proponent for memorials and statues, I'd like to see Ealing celebrate its' heritage a little more, it's made an impression in the Arts, Cinema and Music but could be missing a trick in drawing in tourists (UK and abroad) to build employment and venues that build on this
Even the Butcher is a photo' op' for visitors 

Hampstead is a good example of a an area that has made something of a community feeling by celebrating and  adding to its heritage - here are some of the things we saw when we visited for just a few hours last week.

I suppose the artists and writers who have lived in the area through the years have made the 'village' attractive for other creatives but it must be one of the most expensive parts of London now.

Dale's Plaque - Mount Vernon

Sir Henry Dale's plaque was one of the first signs of significant residents we saw.

Dale  was a Physiologist who  was jointly awarded a Nobel prize in 1936 - his Plaque is at Mount Vernon House.

After Dale we spotted a plaque (brown this time) to the painter Derek Hill who was a prolific landscape and portrait painter who spent over 50 years in Hampstead .
Hill's Plaque is Brown

Derek Hill had strong links with Ireland and many of his subjects were Irish but a notable subject was the present Prince of Wales.

We also saw a Plaque to  Sir William Nicholson who was another painter  and printmaker who illustrated books and was involved in theatrical set design.

A more controversial resident was William Johnson Cory - who wrote the words for the Eton Boating Song , there's quite a story to him and he might it seems have behaved less than wholly appropriately with some of his young charges when he was a teacher .

Cory lived here - Perhaps a little over the top?

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