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New HLSI short courses

      A new summer initiative is being   short courses, which we hope
      launched by the Highgate Literary   will appeal to all tastes. They        FROM THE ARCHIVES
      and  Scientific  Institution  for   range from the history of art
      people who would like to sign up   and literature to creative arts
      for its popular courses but can’t   activities, music and science.
      commit because of their holiday   They start in June following a                                              We have a photograph which shows the Moss builders’ yard,
      plans or work commitments. A   four-week summer term for our                                               and a building with chimneys which is part of the old farm
      new collection of short summer   existing courses.”      Temple Fortune Farm                               outbuildings (below).
      courses lasting just one, two or    The courses are open to all,
      three days includes a crash course   with general enrolment starting   Our archivists were contacted recently by the editor of The Cat.
      in  Italian  for holidaymakers   on March 19. Booking for   She was curious about Jessey Wade, founder of the Cats’
      and hands-on art classes.  members is already open, and if   Protection League. The 1911 census recorded Miss Wade as
         The programme which ranges   you want to be sure of a place,   living at 3 Temple Fortune Farm. She was listed as head of the
      through literature and science   you are welcome to join the   household, but had refused to fill in any details as part of the
      to  garden  history,  music  and   HLSI now.            suffragists’ ‘No Vote, No Census’ campaign.
      embroidery will run throughout   Details of the courses are
      June at the Highgate Literary   available  on  the  HLSI  website,
      and Scientific Institution (HLSI) or from the HLSI
      in South Grove, Highgate. It   office at 8340 3343, and there is
      includes London walks and   also a printed programme.
      gallery visits.
         The Chair of the HLSI
      Education Committee, Anne                                                                                     Mr Ives, a clerk in the civil service, lived at number 1 Temple
      Jamieson, said, “Our existing                                                                              Fortune Farm; Miss Kelsall, a suffragist, lived at number 2; and
      courses are  incredibly  popular                                                                           Stuart Neame, a press photographer, lived at number 4 with his
      in the autumn and winter                                                                                   wife (a vocalist) and one domestic servant. It seems unlikely that
      months. We have over 300                                                                                   Miss Wade was living in farm outbuildings, but where was this
      students. But we know that                                 Our records show Temple Fortune Farm on a map (above)   dwelling? Was it part of the original farm complex and soon to
      many people don’t want to                               dated 1822, and it is clearly marked as an existing building on   be demolished?
      commit to long courses in the                           Unwin’s 1905 plan for Hampstead Garden Suburb. We have a   Our 1913 Street directory shows Mr Ives at 217 Hampstead
      summer   because  of  their                             copy of a lease dated 26th November 1906 under which the   Way, Miss Kelsall at number 219 and Miss Wade at number 221.
      holiday plans, and others can’t                         land, belonging to Eton College, was leased to William Charles   Had they been re-housed? Perhaps the Temple Fortune Farm
      take more than a day or two off                         Yells of Temple Fortune Farm. Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust   addresses were for new buildings which were renamed and
      work. So as an innovation we                            Ltd. subsequently acquired the land and Hampstead Tenants Ltd.  numbered by 1913, numbers 1-3 becoming part of Hampstead
      have reorganised our programme                          was to develop housing on it. They invited guests to the   Way, and number 4 becoming number 7 Farm Walk. It is often
      and  devised a wide  palette  of                        ceremony of the cutting of the first sod, performed by Henrietta   difficult to date plans and photographs; however, the HGST
                                                              Barnett on 2nd May 1907.                           Heritage Trail tells us that “Numbers 219 and 221 Hampstead
                                                                 Five different routes to the farm were suggested. One was   Way attract the eye with their brick staircase bays which extend
                                                              from Broad Street to Hampstead Heath using the North London   above the upper floor creating the appearance of a turret.” They
                                                              Railway. The two and a half mile walk across the Heath from the   can be seen to the right of our photograph of the builders’ yard.
                                                              station was described as charming in fine weather. Those with   Fortunately, we were able to find an early photograph of 221
                                                              invitations were to be admitted through the gate of Temple   Hampstead Way (below) and send it to the editor of The Cat.
                                                              Fortune Farm on Finchley Road.
                                                                 By the time of the 1911 census most of the farm buildings
                                                              on the site had been demolished. Today’s residents of Farm Walk
                                                              still hit building remains when digging their gardens, and an
                                                              apple tree there is thought to pre-date the present buildings.
                                                              Round the corner in Hampstead Way, owners report finding the
                                                              remains of animal feeding bottles in their garden; they think
                                                              that it may have been the site of a pig sty.
                                                                 In December 1908 the land immediately around the
                                   I specialise in all domestic and  farmhouse was let to William Moss and Sons and D.R. Paterson
                                      commercial carpentry    Ltd. for use as builders’ yards. On the drawing attached to the
                                  to the highest possible standards  Moss agreement (below) we see Farmyard Road where Farm
                                                              Walk is now. The farmhouse is coloured yellow, and the farm
                                  Professional decorating services
                                  also managed with over 10 years   buildings and sheds are coloured pink. One of a pair of semi-
                                        of excellence         detached farm cottages is coloured brown. The second cottage
                                                              was to be let with the Paterson yard.
                                                                                                                    Once we start looking in the Suburb Archives all sorts of
                                  Call now for a free quotation                                                  things turn up.
           For all your professional                                                                                We found a couple of poems about Farm Walk from early
              carpentry needs                                                     editions of the Town Crier.

                                                                                                                    We answer many enquires each year using the knowledge
                                                                                                                 and skills of our trustees together with the information in our
                                                                                                                 archives. If you have a query you are most welcome to make an
                                                                                                                 appointment and visit us. We also encourage people to use our
                                                                 Thanks to the work of our census team, we know that the   archives for their own research. Would you like to write an article
                                                              1911 census shows Farm Walk numbers 1- 6, Temple Fortune   for Suburb News using our resources? Come and see the
                                                              Farm numbers 1- 4 and Farm Cottages numbers 1 and 2 .   fascinating items we hold here in the Trust’s Offices on Finchley
                                                              Number 1 Farm Cottages was occupied by Charles Sibley, who   Road. You may be able to help our team with new research.
                                                              was a horse-keeper in the building industry. He lived with his              THE REVEREND ALAN WALKER
                                                              family, two labourers and a carman: carmen unloaded goods.
                                                              Number 2 Farm Cottages housed Arthur Abrahams (also a
                                                              horse-keeper), his family and two carmen.
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