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Autumn Talk, 4 November: The Story of Moll King’s Belsize Houses 12/9/2021

We are very pleased that David Percy will present the story of Moll King’s houses as featured in his book The Harlots of Haverstock Hill at the Belsize Community Library on 4 November 2021. The film includes readings by Dame Janet Suzman. We will also celebrate 50 years of the Society and Association at the event.

Harlots is an account of the remarkable life of “Moll” King, an 18th century madam or brothel-keeper, an ambitious and opportunistic woman who rose from humble beginnings in the streets of London to become one of the first settlers in Belsize Park. Moll became a wealthy landowner with several properties on Haverstock Hill in the days when there were no more than a handful of houses along this country road to Hampstead. Her legacy remains there to this day.

There will be a chance to ask David questions about the fascinating tale, as well as socialise after the screening and Q&A.

We ask you to pre-book as space will be limited and we are keen to be able to manage the event in line with any restrictions in place at the time.

The event will be free, but please register at the event link or paste

If you are unable to access Eventbrite to make a booking, you can contact us at 7794 0874.

HS2 Invitation to give your views on the design of the Adelaide Road head house and compound 30/8/2021

High Speed Two (HS2) is the new high speed railway for Britain.
They will be holding online information events on 9 and 13 September and a face-to-face engagement event on 15 September about the Adelaide Road headhouse and compound in Camden. They are seeking your views about the design.

At these events you will find out more about:
 the design of the headhouse and compound
 our future landscaping plans
There will be an opportunity to ask the team questions and to give them your feedback.

Come and talk to them on:
Thursday 9 September 2021, from 6pm to 7:30pm or
Monday 13 September 2021, from 12:30pm to 2pm
In person
Wednesday 15 September 2021, from 3pm to 8pm at Swiss
Cottage Library, 88 Avenue Road, London, NW3 3HA

You will need to register in advance to join a webinar or to
speak to them in person. You can do this by visiting
Freephone 08081 434 434
Minicom 08081 456 472

Belsize Society Newsletter August 2021 19/8/2021

Welcome to the August Newsletter of the Belsize Society.

We were sad to have to cancel the Summer Party this year. The postponement of the lifting of lockdown unfortunately just caught our event. However, this Newsletter does contain details of events in the autumn.

We are really pleased that our former chair Averil Nottage will lead an historical walk in the area that Belsize House inhabited, tying into the November event, “The Story of Moll King’s Belsize Houses” where David Percy will present filmed excerpts of his book. This event will also provide an opportunity to celebrate 50 years of the Association and Society.

There is also a dip into the Belsize Residents Association archive, covering the campaigns residents progressed in two areas – the closure of local post offices and the removal of estate agent boards.

As we emerge out of lockdown, the Newsletter covers some of the reopening of the arts in the Belsize area, reviewing the Walter Price exhibition at the Camden Arts Centre and some recent plays at the Hampstead Theatre.

The next months will see the Society participating in a second planning inquiry over 100 Avenue Road as the developers seek to reduce the affordable housing associated with the project. The Newsletter covers this as well as the dialogue we are having with the Council about enforcement during construction of projects.

The Newsletter reports also on initiatives to plant trees in the area and the Society’s donation to the Belsize Community Library.

Autumn Walk: A Stroll Through Time: BelSoc Historical Walk 19/8/2021

If you’re free on Sunday 19 September, why not join us for an afternoon stroll that will transport you through centuries of local history?

Starting in Belsize Terrace, we’ll hear how a forest became farmland and then gentlemen’s country residences before being transformed into a middle-class suburb.  We’ll find out about Belsize House in its 18th century heyday as a fashionable pleasure garden before it declined into a “scandalous Lew’d House”.  We’ll see how housing fashions changed, who lived here and where they shopped, drank and worshipped. And we’ll finish at Belsize Library for tea, delicious cakes, and a chance to socialise.

Meet at Belsize Terrace at 3pm.

BelSoc Matters 19/8/2021

Belsize Society donation to Community Library
The Society has funded the library’s purchase of equipment for its events, primarily a new mixer and associated microphones and stands. This will be used as it reopens, with the library planning an exciting range of talks, musical events and, of course, hosting some of the Society’s events. One of the first to use the equipment will be the November presentation of “The Story of Moll King’s Belsize Houses”.

Details about hiring the library are at:

You may remember that in May, we sent those of you who are online an email attaching a pdf to correct an error/omission in the 2021 issue of TYCT. We apologise to all members for the mistake and are enclosing with this August Newsletter, a correct paper copy of the two pages (nos. 6 and 8) which you can insert into this year’s booklet.

Meanwhile we trust that you are still finding the booklet a useful BelSoc publication.

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