|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?|