Hampstead Heath - View from Parliament Hill 1924 - courtesy Michael Hammerson
Toboganning, donkey rides or just an afternoon stroll, Hampstead Heath
has been enjoyed by all since the mid-Victorian era, and now we have photographic documentation which reveals Edwardians spending leisure time on the Heath, much as many people of all ages do nowadays.
Local historian and member of Hampstead Heath Consultative Committee, Michael Hammerson has kindly made available his historic picture postcard collection of Hampstead Heath and its environs for digital copying by the City of London Corporation, which owns and manages Hampstead Heath.
The collection is an invaluable resource which will be of great value in managing the Heath and interpreting its historic, ecological and cultural heritage.
Bob Hall, Chairman of the Hampstead Heath Committee said: â€œWe are very grateful to Michael Hammerson for making these pictures available.
Local historian Michael Hammerson said: â€œThese pictures are a unique record of how the Heath has been a rural retreat for Londoners for over a century; but they also show people today, who think of the Heath as never-changing countryside, how dramatically it has in fact changed in the past 100 years.