Hampstead Village

I found myself walking down Rosslyn Hill at dusk, remembering how wonderful the night air is on Hampstead Hill high above the city.   I thought of George Steevens, the Shakespearean scholar, who was born in Poplar, educated at Eton and King’s College, Cambridge and walked every day from his digs in Hampstead to his lodgings in the Temple.   I passed The Hampstead Butcher and Providore, which had more meat in the shop window than I have seen in a long while:-

There are villas set back from the street on Downshire Hill, originally called Albion Grove:-

And beyond blossom and the proprietary chapel, St. John’s, Downshire Hill:-


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