(Photo: Colin Wing)
In the 18th century Hampstead Wells were popular with fashionable Londoners, who visited the pump room to take the chalybeate waters and socialised in the assembly rooms, south of Well Walk.
The area soon developed a reputation for rowdy behaviour and new spa buildings were erected in 1730 further along Well Walk. Eventually the buildings were converted to other uses, including an evangelical chapel, and finally demolished at the end of the 19th century.
This area today is the site of Gainsborough Gardens, a circular enclosure with mature trees and luxuriant planting at the centre of a gated enclave of private houses.
- Saturday 10:00–17:00
+ Sunday 10:00–17:00
- Lynne and Adrian, the gardeners who look after Gainsborough Gardens, will be present to answer any questions about the planting, Saturday 12-1pm and on Sunday 2-3pm (times to confirmed).
Cake stall to raise funds for charity (to be selected).
Poet in residence: David Hale (Details)
Well Walk (north), Heathside (south)
Nearest postcode: NW3 1BJ
- 46, 268 + 24
- Hampstead, Hampstead Heath
- Working assistance dogs only