Quiz Walk : Historic Hampstead

Hampstead Village has been home to artists, poets, politicians and writers. Spot their plaques as you wander through the small streets and alleys.

A circular North London walk about 1½ miles with great views.

The quiz walk and answers are below 

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historic-hampstead-1Start outside the entrance to Hampstead Station (Northern line), on the corner of Heath Street and Hampstead High Street.

Turn left and walk down Hampstead High Street, passing Flask Walk on your left.  Just before the pedestrian crossing look up at the street sign of the narrow road on your left.

  1. What is in the hand at  ’ ____ In Hand Yard’?

Cross Hampstead High Street at the pedestrian crossing. Walk straight ahead into the pedestrianised Oriel Place.

As you walk along Oriel Place you will see a sign for the Pentameters Theatre.

  1. How many masks are on the sign of the Pentameters Theatre?

Use the pedestrian traffic lights to cross the main road, Heath Street, turn left and then immediately right into Church Row.

Walk along Church Row to Frognal Way, a wide footpath on the left just before the church.

N.B. The walk goes down the hill to find the answer to question 3 and then returns back up to the church.

Walk down Frognal Way to the end of the footpath.  As you descend you will have a superb view across to Central London.

The house at 20 Frognal Way was built for Gracie Fields.

  1. What year did Gracie Fields build a house for herself?

Gracie Fields was a famous 20th century English actress, singer and comedian. Her most famous song and theme tune was “Sally”.

Return the way you came, back up the footpath, to Church Row and turn left. Immediately on the wall to your left is a War Memorial to World War I.

  1. What letters come next on the date of the War Memorial MCMXIV-MCMX- – – – ?

Walk to Hampstead Parish Church and look above the main door.

  1. What is the date over the main door of the church?

If you have time, go into the grounds of the church and wander around the graveyard.

To the right of Hampstead Parish Church, there is a second graveyard which runs beside Church Row.

Look at the nearest gravestones and tombs which can be seen from the pavement.  One tomb is of Hugh Gaitskell, a famous 20th Century politician.

  1. What party did Hugh Gaitskell lead?

Turn left and walk towards the corner of the graveyard.

  1. What sort of vehicles is Holly Walk unsuitable for?

Turn right and walk up Holly Walk. On the right, beyond the graveyard is Benham’s Place.

  1. When was Benham’s Place built?

Continue up Holly Walk and after you pass St Mary’s Church look for a small alley way on the right called Holly Berry Lane.

The house on the corner was used by the first Hampstead Police Force when it was started in 1830.

  1. What is the name of the house that Hampstead Police Force used in 1830?

Turn right into Holly Berry Lane and look for the house that the composer Sir William Walton lived in.

  1. Which coronations did Sir William Walton compose marches for?

Return to Holly Walk, turn right and then right into Mount Vernon.

The author Robert Louis Stevenson lived at 7 Mount Vernon.

  1. What is the name of the house Robert Louis Stevenson lived in?

Robert  Louis Stevenson wrote Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Walk up Mount Vernon past the row of terraced houses. At the end of the terrace is a small footpath.

Take the left hand fork of the footpath.  Look at the pub sign for a nearby Fuller’s pub at the end of the footpath.

  1. What sort of bush is the Fuller’s pub named after?

At the end of the footpath cross Holly Bush Hill and turn left.  Continue along Holly Bush Hill.  The 18th Century artist George Romney lived in Holly Bush Hill and you will pass a plaque on the house that was his studio.

The very large building on the left was Mount Vernon Hospital for Tuberculosis and Diseases of the Lungs, built in 1881.

Follow Holly Bush Hill as it curves to the right and becomes Hampstead Grove.  Continue along Hampstead Grove.

The house on the left is Fenton House, which is run by The National Trust.

Take the first left, at the far corner of Fenton House and walk to the large white house called Admiral’s House.

Admiral’s House was built to look like the deck of ship. The owner would fire cannons on the King’s birthday.

In the ‘Mary Poppins’ books it became the inspiration for Admiral Boom’s house.

  1. Did the writer John Galsworthy live in Grove Lodge or Admiral’s House?

Continue down the hill (Admiral’s Walk). At the junction with Windmill Hill turn right.

Cross to the grass triangle with a wooden bench, and then cross to the 3 steps leading up to the pavement in front of house number 2. The artist John Constable rented 2 Lower Terrace in 1821 and 1822.

  1. What time of year did the artist John Constable live here?

John Constable painted the neighbouring houses. The painting is in The Victoria & Albert Museum.

Turn right, cross Windmill Hill, and continue along Lower Terrace.   You will come to green railings which surround Hampstead Reservoir.  Continue along Lower Terrace with these railings on your right.

Hampstead Reservoir was built in 1856 for the New River Company and is also the site of Hampstead Observatory

At the far end of Lower Terrace pass Summit Lodge and walk to the junction with West Heath Road.  You will see Whitestone Pond ahead.  Do not cross to the pond, instead turn right and walk towards the traffic lights.  Just before the traffic lights, on your right, is an old milestone and an information board about the milestone and the pond.

  1. How far is the milestone from St Giles?

Look beyond Whitestone Pond at the cream building with the ’castle’ turret near the pedestrian crossing.

It used to be a famous pub and is named after one of the leaders of the Peasants’ Revolt in 1381.

  1. Whose castle is near the pond?

At the traffic lights, cross Heath Street and walk towards the red phone boxes.

You will see a plaque on the wall between the two red phone boxes.

  1. Which society has fought to preserve the beauty of Hampstead Heath?

Continue down Heath Street. As you cross the first road look at the arched gate on your left.

  1. Who meet at the Meeting House?

Further down Heath Street, at the next corner you will see an old post box set in the brick wall on the left.

  1. What letters are on either side of the crown?

Continuing down Heath Street is a wooden bench with the sculptures of the World War II leaders.  President Roosevelt is sitting to the left and Prime Minister Churchill to the right, nearest the road.

  1. What type of tie is Winston Churchill wearing?

Carry on walking down Heath Street. Just before Heath Street Baptist Church is Claremont Terrace.

  1. When was Claremont Terrace built?

Continue walking down Heath Street past the shops and restaurants.

At the traffic lights you will see the entrance to Hampstead Station where our quiz walk started.


Click Here to download a pdf of the quiz walk and answers 

Click Here to download a pdf of photo clues to help you and your Mayhems 

Papa’s Facts
Did You Know That:

All these famous people lived along your route, look out for their plaques:-

Thomas and John James Park – Sir William Walton – Robert Louis Stevenson – Sir Henry Dale – George Romney –  George Du Maurier – Sir George Gilbert Scott – John Galsworthy – John Constable

Hampstead Station opened on 22 June 1907.  It has the deepest lift shaft on the Underground at 55 metres (180 ft) and a spiral emergency staircase with over 320 steps.

Fenton house is a 17th century merchant’s house now owned by The National Trust.  It is most famous for its collection of early keyboard instruments.

In 1910 the Hampstead Observatory was built on top of the newly constructed underground reservoir. It was chosen as the site was the highest point in London. The observatory is free to visit. It is only open if the sky is clear.

The flagpole by Whitestone Pond is where the Hampstead Beacon once stood.  It was lit in 1588 to warn people about the invasion fleet of the Spanish Armanda.

The Peasants’ Revolt (Wat Tyler’s Rebellion), was an uprising across large parts of England in 1381.  The Peasants were demanding that all men should be free and equal, for less harsh laws, and a fairer distribution of wealth.

The metal badge above the Claremont Terrace sign is a fire insurance badge issued by The Essex Insurance Society. In 18th century, each insurance company had its own fire brigade. 




1   Bird 2  2 masks 3   1934
4   VIII 5  1745 6   The Labour Party
7   Wide Vehicles 8   1813 9   The Watch House
10  1937 & 1953 11  Abernathy House 12  Holly Bush
13  Grove Lodge 14  Summer 15  IV miles
16  Jack Straw 17  Heath and Hampstead 18  Friends
19  V  –  R 20 Bow tie 21  1861


Getting There Hampstead Station 
On the corner of Heath Street and Hampstead High Street NW3
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