Books about Belsize

Belsize Community Library – credit: Belsize Community Library

You can find out more about Belsize from the books listed below

The Harlots of Haverstock Hill is an account of the remarkable life of “Moll” King, an 18th century madam or brothel-keeper, who became a wealthy landowner with several properties on Haverstock Hill. This account of her life includes new information and facts regarding what happened to Moll King’s Belsize houses – especially her villa. “Moll” King and her Belsize Houses by David S Percy, has a foreword by Dan Cruickshank. (Available from Daunts Books, Haverstock Hill)

Belsize 2000: a Living Suburb – published by the Belsize Conservation Area Advisory Committee.  (Available from Daunts Books, Haverstock Hill)

Streets of Belsize – published by the Camden History Society. (Available from Daunt Books, Haverstock Hill)

Belsize Remembered – memories of Belsize Park.  Compiled by Ranee Barr and David Percy, edited by F Peter Woodfood and with a forward by Sir Derek Jacobi. Published by Aulis, London and available from Daunts on Haverstock Hill (020 7794 4006) and South End Green (020 7794 8206). Also and

Finding the Bergheims of Belsize Court by Mary Shenai – published by London: Belsize Conservation Area Advisory Committee 2007 (Available from Daunt Books, Haverstock Hill)

Hampstead and Belsize Park Then and Now by Marianne Colloms and Dick Weindling. Published by the History Press. Can be ordered from Daunts Books Haverstock Hill

How Hampstead Heath was saved – a story of people power by Helen Marcus, published by Camden History Society, jointly with the Heath & Hampstead Society. (Available from Daunt Books, Haverstock Hill)

Hampstead, Building a Borough 1650-1964 by F.M.L.Thompson – published London: Routledge and Kegan Paul 1974 (currently out of print but available at libraries)

There are also two fascinating feature length DVDs about Belsize:

The Belsize Story Parts 1 and 2, made by BelSoc member David Percy and narrated by Fiona Bruce, provide street by street information on the history, architecture and people of the area. They are available from Daunts Books, Haverstock Hill, or here.

And a very interesting and well illustrated talk about Camden’s Hidden Railway Heritage
This has been produced by the Camden Railway Heritage Trust (CRHT) at the request of Camden’s Local Studios and Archives department. Download it here
To find out more about the CRHT, see here