Forthcoming Events

Thu, Nov 20th, 2014, @7:30pm - 09:00PM
Evelyn Wrench's picture postcards in the early 1900s
Thu, Dec 11th, 2014, @7:00pm - 09:00PM
The West End in the 1800s: emerging pleasure district
Thu, Jan 15th, 2015, @7:30pm - 09:00PM
Pevsner in Hampstead and Bloomsbury
Thu, Feb 19th, 2015, @7:30pm - 09:00PM
What happened to the Heath after 1871?
Thu, Mar 19th, 2015, @7:30pm - 09:00PM
Town Planning in Camden
Thu, Apr 16th, 2015, @7:30pm - 09:00PM
Camden Goods Station through time
Thu, May 14th, 2015, @7:30pm - 09:00PM
Spies at the Isokon
Thu, Jun 18th, 2015, @6:30pm - 09:00PM
Archaeology of King's Cross Goods Yard
Thu, Jul 16th, 2015, @7:30pm - 09:00PM
History of St Michael's Church, Highgate

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Publications

The Society has produced five kinds of publications since 1970 (click titles below for details).

Several of our publications have received the annual prize for a book on local history awarded by the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society (LAMAS), see the notice appended to the title of these volumes.

Click on "Add to Cart" for each book or run of Reviews you wish to order, and when you've added all the books you require, click on "Proceed to checkout" and you can pay either using a PayPal account or giving your credit card details. The packing and postage charge will be £2.50 for UK orders of £1 - £9.99, £3.50 for orders totalling £10.00 - £24.99, and £5.00 for orders totalling £25.00 - £74.99. For larger orders or for sending overseas please contact Roger Cline for advice. The Publications Manager will deliver the books to you within 14 days, usually sooner.

General Titles

Hampstead Town Trail 5th edition (2008). Follow the trail past all 18 described landmarks, or pick and choose shorter routes with the aid of the detailed sketch map.

£1.50

Constable’s Hampstead 4th edition. Constable first spent many summers renting a cottage in Hampstead in order to sketch the cloud formations over the Heath, and finally bought a house in Well Walk to live in.

£2.50

Buried in Hampstead Church Row burial grounds 2nd edition 2008 describes all the tombs and monmuments in church and churchyard and illustrates many of them (20 are Listed by English Heritage)

£7.50

Good Grave Guide to Hampstead Cemetery, Fortune Green The gravestones in this 'overflow' cemetery created in the 19th century are equally fascinating. Contains complete biographies of many of the occupants.

£7.95

Hampstead at War Dramatic pictures of the devastation caused by bombing in both World Wars and of some of the devices (e.g. water tanks) constructed to respond to the bombing.

£5.00

For the poor of Hampstead, for ever – 300 years of the Hampstead Wells Trust by Christopher Wade. The title reproduces a quotation from the original donor in 1698 of six acres off the Heath which contained springs of mineral water that gave rise to Hampstead Spa.

£4.95

Music, Art & Politics: a history of the St Pancras & Camden Festivals 1954-1987 by Helen Lawrence. Fascinating account of interest to all opera lovers (the festival hosted the debut of legendary singers such as Kiri te Kanawa and Joan Sutherland) and to those involved in local authority funding and festival administration.

£7.95

Wartime St Pancras by C Allen Newbery (Reports of all Civil Defence services, 1938-1945) LAMAS first prize 2007

£7.50

To Paradise by way of Gospel Oak by Rosalind Bayley. The history of a mansion flat estate in Lissenden Gardens and the forces that shaped it.

£9.50

A Better Life by Olive Besagni. Fascinating oral histories, reaching back to 1850, of more than 40 Italian families migrating to 'Little Italy' in Holborn during the 19th and 20th centuries.

£7.50
Cat's Meat Square: Housing and public health in South St Pancras 1810-1910 by Stephen W Job. Details the heroic struggles between Medical Officers of Health and the St Pancras Vestry over housing reform in a scandalously overcrowded small estate off the Gray's Inn Road. Many original photographs and maps. £6.50
The King's Cross fraudster Leopold Redpath, his life & times by David A Hayes and Mariam Kamlish. In the 1850s, Leopold Redpath lived in great splendour in a Nash house in Regent's Park, having embezzled colossal sums from the Great Northern Railway Company. His extraordinary story, including his later life as a convict in Australia, is told in mouth-watering detail in this lavishly illustrated book. £9.99

'Streets' Books

The series is as follows. Prices of each book are shown below. Click the respective Add to Cart button to add a publication to your Paypal shopping cart.

The Streets of Hampstead 3rd revised edition (2000) £6.95
Streets of Belsize 2nd revised edition 2009. Rosslyn Hill to Chalk Farm and Swiss Cottage £8.95

The Streets of West Hampstead From Finchley Road to Kilburn High Road. Out of print
From Primrose Hill to Euston Road via West Camden Town. £5.95
Streets of Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia to the Borough boundary at Cleveland Street £5.95
Streets East of Bloomsbury 2nd revised edition (2008) between Queen Square and Farringdon Road £7.95
Streets of St Giles From St Giles' Circus to Lincoln's Inn Fields. Revised edition, 2012 £9.95
Streets of St Pancras: Somers Town & the Railway Lands (as in 2002) Hampstead Road to York Way; Euston Road to Crowndale Road £6.95
Streets of Camden Town Camden High Street to Camden's eastern boundary; Crowndale Road to Kentish Town Road £5.95
Streets of Kentish Town The 'High Street' plus Highgate Road and surrounding streets but not including West Kentish Town LAMAS first prize 2006 £8.50
Streets of Gospel Oak and West Kentish Town West of the bridge over Prince of Wales Road £7.50
Streets of Highgate that are in Camden, i.e. west of Highgate High Street but including both sides of the latter £7.50
Streets of Old Holborn Revised and rewritten edition, 2010, now available £9.50

Camden History Reviews

This annual publication features articles about (for example) murderers, quacks, preachers, famous doctors, failed ventures, political movements or vanished buildings in Camden. The editor is David Hayes. Authors should send their draft to him as an email attachment, with illustrations either by mail or in electronic form. Articles are usually between 1000 and 5000 words long, but this is negotiable. The deadline for November publication each year is 31 March. There is usually a restriction on the number of pages in each volume.

The Review is delivered free to all members; the retail prices of all issues are shown below, including back issues, which are also available (except for Vol.1). Series of five issues as denoted below on a blue background can also be purchased, each for £4 only (plus p&p charges).

Camden History Review Nos. 4-8 £5
Camden History Review Nos. 9-13 £6
Camden History Review Nos. 14-18 £6
Camden History Review Nos. 22-26 £7
Camden History Review Nos. 27-32 £8

Camden History Review No.1 Betjeman in Kentish Town; Burdett-Coutts in Highgate; Constable in Hampstead; A Journal of Old St Pancras; Piano-making; Industrial archaeology; Old prints of Holborn; Dr Williams' Library; Old maps of Hampstead

Can be downloaded from Downloads page

Camden History Review No.2 (reprinted): Highgate schools; Hampstead music; A local Boys' Home; Kate Greenaway; Ford Madox Brown; Roger Fry in Fitzroy Square; Mrs Humphry Ward; Transport; Edwardian Camden

£5.95

Camden History Review No.3 St Pancras Workhouse; Pond Square, Highgate; Hampstead Waterworks; Rifle Volunteers; Charles Dickens; Blue plaques in Camden

£2

Camden History Review No. 4 A Kentish Town mystery; Hampstead Workhouse; St Pancras Gardens; Benjamin Franklin's Holborn

£2

Camden History Review No. 5 Romney in Hampstead; Industrial archaeology; Old St Pancras Village; Hampstead's Jubilee (1897); The younger Teulon; University College School; A 17th-century token coin; Civil War fortifications; Camden at war

£2

Camden History Review No. 6 Chalk Farm Tavern; Spaniards in Somers Town; Holfords of Hampstead; Eminent Fitzrovians; A West Hampstead boyhood; Kentish Town sketches; Henry Holiday; Frank Ward of Hampstead; Camden characters

£2

Camden History Review No. 7 West Hampstead Railways; St Pancras maps; Downshire Hill censuses; Gilbert Scotts and Hampstead; Victorian Camden Town; The Russells of Bloomsbury; Hampstead characters; "My Street"

£2

Camden History Review No. 8 A Hampstead Victorian diary; A Highgate centenary; The Gordon Riots; Belsize Park Studios; Hampstead weather; A Kentish Town grocer; Working in Camden

£2

Camden History Review No. 9 Admiral's House; West Hampstead Inn; John Gurney Hoare; Workers' housing; The Cobden statue in Camden Town; Camden at war; More blue plaques

£2

Camden History Review No.10 H G Wells; Hampstead Catholics; Funeral furnishing; West Hampstead battles; Camden schooldays; Index Nos.1–10

£2

Camden History Review No.11 Pepys and Camden; Repton at Kenwood; The Fleet river; The Chalcots; Hampstead Heath; Shopping in Camden

£2

Camden History Review No.12 Bloomsbury Gates and Bars; Local history for children; A black girl at Kenwood; W Flint of Kentish Town; St Giles Rookery; Napoleon's first invasion threat; Hampstead and the 1855 election; Entertainments in Camden

£2

Camden History Review No.13 Holly Mount; Longman's house and garden; An affair of honour; 4 Parton Street; Spencer Gore; St Pancras Coroner's Court; Balloons over Camden

£2

Camden History Review No.14 Romney's house; Bloomsbury Market; Highgate halfpennies; The Camden Theatre; Banking in Bloomsbury; Linnell's view of the metropolis; Highgate Infirmary

£2

Camden History Review No.15 Little Italy; The New Road; Lanfier court photographers; Dickens and Camden; Hampstead's first historian; An eminent Bloomsbury pharmacist; Hampstead parish registers; Shepherd's Well; Seals in a Hampstead pond

£2

Camden History Review No.16 Little Italy; The New Road; Lanfier court photographers; Dickens and Camden; Hampstead's first historian; An eminent Bloomsbury pharmacist; Hampstead parish registers; Shepherd's Well; Seals in a Hampstead pond

£2

Camden History Review No.17 The Round House; Eton College Estate; King's Cross; King Alfred School; Royal Veterinary College; Hampstead diaries

£2

Camden History Review No.18 The Boys' Home Industrial School; A Belsize map of 1762; A tale of Hofmann and Brooke; The Gower Street Bar; Cultural finds in Finchley Road; Edward Walford; The Royal Mail coach makers

£2

Camden History Review No.19 The Great Hollow Elm; Percy Dearmer; The Hampstead by-pass that never was; The Gees of Fenton House; Matthew Forster of Bellsise; Lauderdale House; John Keats "...most at Hampstead"; Claire Clairmont's Camden connections; Representation of Labour in St Pancras; The Alhambra of Camden-town; Recollections of Euston and St Pancras

£5.95

Camden History Review No.20 (reprinted): The Isokon flats; Sir Samuel Romilly; Metropolitan Buildings, St Pancras Square; Oliver Heaviside in Camden Town; Tobacco pipe makers in Somers Town; West End House; Scala Theatre, Charlotte Street; Hampstead Music Club; Butchers in Kentish Town; All Hallows, Gospel Oak; Cinemas in Camden

£5.95

Camden History Review No.21 Bernard Shaw in St Pancras Vestry; Camden Lit & Sci 1835–39; Christ Church, Hampstead Square; Sir William Job Collins; Note on historical fiction; London Cabmen's Mission; Repton's 'Red Book' for Kenwood; St Pancras Church Lands

£2

Camden History Review No.22 The Jews' Free School, Camden Town; Camden's mayoral regalia; Bombs on Holborn in WW II; The Forsyths of Finchley Road; Before Camden Town, 1745–95; Slogans on bricks; The Finchley Road turnpike

£2

Camden History Review No.23 Memoirs of a British Museum Attendant; Camden Place and Camden Town; Coal-hole covers in Camden; Crime in 18th-century Hampstead; The Lighthouse Building, King’s Cross; The North West London Synagogue; Deep-shelter controversy in WW II; St Margaret's Nursery, Kentish Town

£2

Camden History Review No.24 Middle-class schools in Camden, 1850- 90; Holborn’s Church of Humanity; Governesses’ Benevolent Institution; West End Fair; The double life of E J Cave; Baroness Castle, when a St Pancras Councillor; Fire insurance records; St Pancras Civic Society; The Women’s Suffrage movement in Camden; Kentish Town Congregational Church

£2

Camden History Review No.25 Mabel Quiller-Couch; Chequered past of 277 Gray’s Inn Road; Bollards in Camden; Electricity in Hampstead; Missionaries’ sons’ school, Mornington Crescent; Oak Village; The Irish in Kilburn: Sacred Heart, Quex Road; Provident and non-provident dispensaries; Details on Hampstead houses; Kingswell, Hampstead 1960–95; Keeley House and Street; The Aerated Bread Company

£2

Camden History Review No.26 Fascism in Hampstead 1945-49; Anti-Apartheid Movement; Euston Fire Station; The ‘Woodehouse Journal’ forgery; Eating out in Primrose Hill; Golders Hill Park; Liberties of St Andrew Holborn

£2

Camden History Review No.27 Septimus Buss & his sister Fanny; Drinking fountains & horse troughs; Trewbys of Fenton House; Clothing & class in Primrose Hill; Loyalists in Highgate; Ernest Milner, photographer; Carreras: family, firm & factory; Working for Carreras

£2

Camden History Review No.28 Eleanor Palmer Gift Charity; George Gissing in London; Upton’s Golliwogg and Debussy’s Cake Walk; Camden Square Environmental Area; Morison’s British College of Health; Rev. Randolph Yearwood, C17 St Pancras vicar; Rev. Silvester Horne & son Kenneth; Dr William Gibbons of Burgh House

£2

Camden History Review No.29 More Hampstead Cemetery graves; Olaudah Equiano, freed slave; Henry Cole in Hampstead; Youth House, Camden Road; Robert Stephenson & Dr Lardner; The Boydell family and the John Elliot case; Camden's naval past

£2

Camden History Review No.30 Robert Blincoe, ‘the real Oliver Twist’; Frederick Tatham, artis; Kentish Town Baths; Regent’s Park steam manufactory; Rev. David Laing; Metropolitan Boroughs & WWII; The Saville Theatre

£2

Camden History Review No.31 Isaac Snowman, artist; Camden’s past MPs; Highgate Library & the Liberals; Eva Gore-Booth & Maeve de Markievicz; The ‘Left’ in Gray’s Inn Road; The St Pancras civil defence revolt; West Hampstead Studios

£2

Camden History Review No.32 Three C18 Bloomsbury doctors; H W Bates; Endell Street Military Hospital; Engineers Perkins & Co.; Howard Candler; Kingsway tram subway  LAMAS prize 2009

£2

Camden History Review No.33 Dr Southwood Smith and family, including Octavia Hill; Archibald Campbell Barclay and the Catholic Apostolic Church; Penrhyn Lodge and 'the Napoleon of crime'; Highgate Men's Pond; The inaugural meeting of the Camden History Society, 1969

£5.95

Camden History Review No.34 Reprint now available. Content: Foundation of St Pancras Almshouses; Edith Gissing's tragic life; The Underwoods, stonemasons; Homes of Hope, Regent Square; Abbé Morel and St Mary's, Hampstead; Horse trams in Camden

£5.95

Camden History Review No.35 Reprint available from 20 March 2013. Content: Early 18th-century religious controversy; John Sperni, St Pancras mayor; Invasion of 19th-century Queen Square by institutions; John Pritt Harley, actor; History of Cumberland Basin allotments.

£5.95

Camden History Review No.36  The Great Westminster Dairy Company and the Express Dairy; No.1 Chester Place, a Dickens house that time forgot; Glimpses of 17th-century Hampstead as seen from the Manorial Court Rolls; Charlie Ruffell – Olympian; Donald Nicoll, tailor, speculator and bon viveur, Part 1; The Hampstead bank holiday crash of Easter Monday 1892; Hampstead poets Dollie Radford and Anna Wickham

£5.95

Occasional Papers

These are accounts of specific historical topics that are too long for an article in the Review but not long enough for a commercial publisher to undertake. The list below indicates the variety of topics covered.

Agar Town: Life and Death of a Victorian ‘Slum’, by Steven Denford (an evidence-based rebuttal of the allegations about Agar Town in Household Words) £5.95
Victorian Seven Dials, by David A Hayes (based on the impressions of a young curate encountering the area for the first time, with illuminating footnotes based on other contemporary documents). LAMAS award 2005 £5.95
The Railways of Camden, by Keith A Scholey (from the first train into the Chalk Farm terminus of the London & Birmingham Railway up to the 20th century) £5.95
200 Years of London justice by Gillian Tindall (the history of magistrates' courts in Clerkenwell and Hampstead, from the 18th century to 1999) £5.95
The life and times of the Brunswick, Bloomsbury, by Clare Melhuish (our foray into recent history, with extensive input from Patrick Hodgkinson, architect of the Brunswick Centre) £7.50
The Greville Estate: the history of a Kilburn neighbourhood, by Marianne Colloms & Dick Weindling (our first house-by-house account of a once upper-middle-class neighbourhood, with biographies of many of its distinguished inhabitants) LAMAS prize 2008 £7.50
The Rev. Edward Irving & the Catholic Apostolic Church in Camden and beyond (Occasional Paper No.7) describes the meteoric rise and fall, 1820-1830, of the Scottish Presbyterian minister who founded a whole new church, whose subsequent history is described up to the present day. £7.50
George Morland, artist in C18 Camden, by Marian Kamlish (this much sought-after artist of the late 18th century lived for 10 prosperous years off what is now Camden High Street) £11.95

 

Newsletters

A (generally 4-page) newsletter is delivered to members every 2 months. It is edited by John Richardson, the chairman of the Society, and it is not for sale. The January 2013 issue was No.255.
Items of lasting interest in the Newsletters are indexed in the CHR and Newsletter Subject Index, which can be viewed under “Downloads”.