Date(s) - 16/01/2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Belsize Park Undergrond station
This lunchtime walk starts at Besize Park Tube station and ends at Hampstead Tube station (both on the Northern Line). Linking up some old and some-not-so-old mulberry trees, we explore this historic part of northwest London, with its village atmosphere and heritage of writers, artists, musicians… and celebrities. Starting at Belsize Park, we pay homage to an old black mulberry tree on a street corner, once the site of Belsize Manor House, with its celebrated Pleasure Garden. A short walk away is Keats House, home of the poet John Keats, who would have known the fabulous, reclining old mulberry tree in the front garden. Passing a mulberry tree in a garden in Willow Road, we walk through Hampstead village and along Church Row, one of the finest Georgian streets in London. It was once home to Lord Alfred Douglas (Oscar Wilde’s lover), H.G. Wells and comic Peter Cook. In the churchyard of St John’s church is the tomb of celebrated landscape artist, John Constable. Behind the church, in Frognal Way is the last mulberry on our walk, overhanging a wall. The Holly Bush pub serves a great lunch for those who are hungry, or any of the many eateries in Hampstead, before taking the Tube again at Hampstead station.
Dr Peter Coles weaves a fascinating history of the mulberry, busting myths and letting the trees reveal their hidden stories.
Dip into the mulberry’s intriguing history.
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