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New virtual local walks
                                  triumph out of adversity                                am  a  guide  and  heritage   the 150th anniversary of Charles

                                                                                      I professional and since the   Dickens’ death; From Streamform
             hings looked bleak for                             Lucrezia Walker on YouTube  lockdown back in March all my   to  Arts and Crafts  looking at
          TProms at St Jude’s when                                                    work has ceased. However, I can   Architectural styles on the north
      lockdown was announced. The                                                     give private tours for up to five   side of the Suburb;  Modernist
      peak of the pandemic was then                                                   people. I belong to a guiding co-  Hampstead and Alleys and Lanes of
      forecast  for  the  end  of  June  –                                            operative, Footprints of London,  Hampstead. Expect my Henrietta’s
      exactly  when  the Festival was                                                 and as from June we decided to   Dream Arts and Crafts of Hampstead
      due to take place.  We  had                                                     go virtual.                Garden Suburb to come soon.
      already  spent  money  on                                                          The tours have me presenting   Please follow my Eventbrite
      marketing and had contractual                                                   live with a slide show including   tours which are now accessible
      commitments to many performers,                                                 maps of the route that we are   though my website at www.
      but tickets had not yet gone on                                                 virtually taking alongside my
      sale. We had some pledges from                                                  photographs.  So far I have four   and facebook page facebook.
      sponsors and some membership                                                    virtual tours; the Heights of Dickens   com/marilyncgreene.
      subscriptions from regular Friends,                                             – a new walk to commemorate            MARILYN GREENE
      but that was it.              A committee was formed to   commission will have its world
         At an emergency meeting,  put together a programme. We   première at Proms 2021;
      when the Board decided to cancel   were delighted to find enthusiasm  •  another Suburb walk learning   Garden Suburb theatre update
      Proms  for  2020,  it  looked  as   from musicians and authors, all   about the area at the time of the
      though we might not survive.  keen to find a platform, and   1911 Census;          adly the Garden Suburb Theatre
         We put into place a speedy   with some creativity we realised  •  two more LitFest events – one   S has had to postpone its
      contact programme – to performers,  we could even offer family events   on the Last Leonardo with Ben   productions of Look Back in
      suppliers, sponsors and Friends.  and guided walks remotely. The   Lewis in conversation with   Anger, originally scheduled for
      The outcome was gratifying. Most   technical team rapidly climbed   Lucrezia Walker, and another   the Phoenix Theatre in April,
      artists and suppliers agreed to   the Zoom learning curve.  with sisters Claire and Stephanie   and The Count of Monte Cristo
      waive their cancellation rights, and   On Saturday 13 June, Proms   Calman talking to Claire Berliner;  and Twelfth Night, which were
      Friends and supporters were   at Home opened with a walk  •  three musical activity events   due to be performed in Little
      generous in leaving funds with   around the Suburb that could   for children and young people;  Wood this summer. Hopefully
      us to support us through the crisis.  be followed on a podcast or  •  a jazz concert by Jeremy   they will all take place next year.
         Once we realised we could   from your armchair, a children’s   Sassoon from his home studio;  The theatre sector, and the
      make ends meet, our thoughts   Treasure Hunt and our first LitFest  •  the Aurora Orchestra in concert   creative industries in general,
      turned to our partner charities,  offering: Ballymaloe Cookery   at King’s Place recorded before   have been hit especially hard by
      Toynbee Hall and the North   School chef and author Darina   lockdown, preceded by a special   the coronavirus pandemic.   Garden Suburb Theatre members Imogen Farnworth, Mary Musker and Tilak Patel
      London Hospice, which were   Allen in conversation with   interview with its conductor;  Working in partnership with   who gave an online reading of their production of Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound
                                                                                                                 of the Baskervilles (adapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson) to GST members
      suffering badly, and to our   Sheila Dillon from the Radio  •  a  fitting Last Night Encore   the Upstairs at the Gatehouse   via Zoom on 28th June
      audience, many of whom faced   Four Food Programme, with the   from inside St Jude’s with   theatre in Highgate, the Garden   There are still many hurdles to   Meanwhile the theatre has
      lockdown in isolation. What   audience able to ask questions live.  Nicholas Chalmers  organ  and   Suburb Theatre is hoping to stage   overcome to ensure everyone’s   kept its members in contact during
      could we do to help?          Over the next three weeks,  Laurence Kilsby tenor.  a live production in November   safety during rehearsals and at   lockdown with regular play
         Our solution was to attempt   Proms at Home included:  Online charitable (bucket)   of The Vortex by Noel Coward,  the venue, but as actors say   readings, social events on Zoom
      what became known as Proms at  •  a  concert  by  two  of  the   donations during Proms at Home   directed by Colin Gregory.  “the show must go on.”   and a twice-weekly newsletter.
      Home – delivery of the Festival   talented Kanneh-Mason family   have so far reached over £12,000.
      entirely online.           from their living room;    But the show is not yet over!
         This was no small under- •  a Teeny Prom to entertain   Virtually all these events have   Look out for your neighbour – still!
      taking, especially since none of   children under five;  been recorded and you can still
      us had ever done anything like  •  insight from composer Patrick   watch them until 30 September   s Covid-19 restrictions are   your neighbours who may still   which you cannot resolve yourself,
      this before. What was feasible?   Hawes and his librettist brother   by booking free of charge through  A   eased, we know that many   need help or just a friendly word.  please do not hesitate to call
      How could we deliver it? How   Andrew on the music Proms   Suburb residents still remain in   And if you, yourself, need   020 3322 8123. This number is
      could  we  raise  funds?  How   had commissioned to mark the   Coronavirus permitting, we   isolation and are following   help with things like grocery   unmanned but there is a small
      could we adhere to professional   80th anniversary of the sinking   look forward to being back live   Government guidelines to avoid   shopping or collecting medicines,  group of Suburb residents who
      standards? What sorts of events   of the SS City of Benares, with   again from 26 June to 4 July 2021.  unnecessary contact with people   do not  be afraid  to ask for   are checking it daily, and they
      would work online?         singing by VOCES8 – the                    RON FINLAY  outside of their own households.    support from near neighbours.  will find somebody to help you.
                                                                                      Please remember to look out for   If you are having difficulties   MARGARET HARRIS
       Snapshot of the Suburb – 1911 Census                                           in Rotherwick Road. Both house-  around building materials to the   athletic woodworkers (makers
                                                                                                                 skilled trades such as bricklayers
                                                                                                                                            of sporting  bats) have largely
                                                                                      holds refused to complete the
         or Hampstead Garden Suburb,                                                  census and wrote slogans on   and carpenters, landscapers and   disappeared due to technological
      F the 1911 Census is of great                                                   the form. Edith How-Martyn   gardeners who rented homes or   change and mechanisation.
      interest because it occurred only                                               wrote “No votes for women. No   lodged on the Suburb.   Contrasts also appear between
      four years after building started                                               information from women” and   There is some evidence that   roads: Asmuns Place had the most
      and it gives us a detailed snapshot                                             “Legislation without Representation   the so-called Artisans’ Quarter   truly ‘artisan’ workers; over half of
      of the first residents before the                                               is slavery”. The enumerator added   really did house a substantial   the couples in Wordsworth Walk
      First World War brought about                                                   in red ink approximate names   number of artisans, albeit for   were recently married; Waterlow
      massive social change. Several                                                  and ages for the How-Martyns,  the brief interlude before World   Court was an ‘Adamless Eden’
      years ago, a Hampstead Garden                                                   noting that their home was an   War 1. As well as those building   for  single  female  professionals;
      Suburb Archive Trust project                                                    ‘Open House’ to six women on   the Suburb, there was a diverse   whilst the larger houses adjacent
      attempted to record the census                                                  Census night. These were census   range of other artisan occupations   to the Heath Extension contained
      details of every household. 1911                                                evaders who were deliberately   represented: compositors and    the great and good, supported by
      was the first time that house-                                                  absent from home to avoid the   printers, pianoforte makers and   servants, cooks and even a butler!
      holders were asked to fill in their                                             census. Another Open House   other furniture related trades   As part of this year’s Proms
      own forms – Suburb matters aside,                        One  exciting  feature  was   was Jessie Wade’s home at 221   such as marquetry, wood carving,  at Home, I produced two walks
      it can be a moving moment to   suburb, while others mention   the number of women’s suffrage   Hampstead Way where  eight   furniture making, glass cutting,  based on the 1911 Census. If
      see the handwriting of a great-  more unusual employment,  activists. The ‘Votes for Women’  additional suffragettes stayed.  upholsterers and stuffers.   this has whetted your appetite,
      grandparent one has only   such as ‘Keeper of the Wallace   campaign was intense in 1911   In 1911, builders of the Suburb   Other trades such as wheel-  they can be seen on the Proms
      glimpsed in old photos!    Collection’. Deciphering these   and the idea of boycotting the   were  much  in  evidence.  The   wrights, bootmakers, optical   at Jude’s website (see above).
         From the start, these hinted   clues became a major piece of   Census was invented by Edith   overall planner and architect,  glaziers, spectacle makers and   KATE WEBSTER
      at interesting stories – some were   detective work at an individual   How-Martyn who lived in Hogarth   Raymond Unwin lived at Wyldes
      annotated with Suffragette slogans,  level, whilst statistical number   Hill. Originally a member of   Farm, whilst many of the other
      many recorded people working   crunching gave a generalised   Emmeline Pankhurst’s Women’s   architects and  assistants also
      in  the  developing  garden  picture of different roads.  Social and Political Union   lived here including  Herbert
                                                            (WSPU), How-Martyn was one   Welch (Asmuns Hill), Michael
                                                            of the first suffragettes to be   Bunney (Meadway) and Charles
        Welcome to                                          jailed in 1907. Later, she left the   Paget Wade (lodged in Temple
                                                                                      Fortune Hill).
                                                            WSPU and was a founder of the
                                                                                         There were also numerous
                                                            breakaway Women’s Freedom
         St Jude’s                                          League (WFL). Also prominent   others from the horse keepers
                                                            in the WFL was Bessie Drysdale
                                                                                      and carmen involved in moving
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