|Holly Bush Hill, Green and Shrubbery||Camden|
Holly Bush Hill has two small areas of green space that since the late C19th/early C20th have been maintained by Hampstead Borough Council, now by LB Camden, a narrow strip of land on Holly Bush Hill was laid out as a shrubbery and a small triangular green bounded by post and chain. A number of fine houses face Holly Bush Hill, including Romney's House named after artist George Romney. This was later converted for Assembly Rooms where the first Hampstead Heath Protection meeting took place in 1829, chaired by James Fenton who lived nearby at Fenton House.
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Holly Bush Hill, The Green with Romney's House, August 2002. Photo: S Williams
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Holly Bush Hill has two small areas of green space that since the late C19th/early C20th have been maintained by Hampstead Borough Council, now by LB Camden, a narrow strip of land laid out as a shrubbery, and a small area of grass with some small trees with low post and chain boundary. A number of fine houses dating from the mid to late C18th face Holly Bush Hill, including Romney's House that overlooks the Green. The white weather-boarded house is named after artist George Romney who purchased former stables of The Mount in 1796, planning to convert them into a house, studio and Palace of Art. The property was later enlarged in 1807 for Assembly Rooms and here the first Hampstead Heath Protection meeting took place in 1829 chaired by James Fenton of Fenton House (q.v.) whose entrance gates faces onto the Green. The Assembly Rooms were the venue for lectures in 1833 by Michael Faraday, John Constable and Elizabeth Fry. In c.1900 Holly Bush Hill was under threat for road widening in connection with railway works but local opposition prevented this.
Report of Royal Commission on London Squares, 1928; Christopher Wade, 'The Streets of Hampstead' (Camden History Society, 2000)