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Hampstead Heath by Deborah Wolton, David McDowall, Sandra Lousada

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Hampstead Heath by Deborah Wolton, David McDowall, Sandra Lousada

Hampstead Heath is London's favourite open space, walked over by thousands every day. This richly illustrated book unveils what anyone strolling on the Heath can watch out for, including a geological structure unique for London, nurturing very particular flora; veteran trees; the 'ghosts' of ancient woodland and hedgerows dating back to the Middle Ages and beyond; Anglo-Saxon estate boundaries; traces of the great estates of the 18th century, of which Kenwood is the sole survivor. As the authors explains, the Heath would have been covered in housing had it not been for our determined, cunning and generous forebears, who outwitted the landowners step by step to secure the landscape for us all.


Fully equipped with stunning photography, maps and educative extracts is all you need to enjoy a long, relaxing day out and is a Christmas present option for the Heath visitor. Northwest Fascinating history of this landscape, which I still didn't know after 25 years of walkies across it, with heavenly photos by Sandra Lousada. -- Michele Hanson Guardian Hampstead Heath shows the heath in all its glory with beautiful photographs by Sandra Lousada. Hampstead & Highgate Express

About the Author

Deborah Wolton is a landscape historian, who has extensively researched the history of Hampstead Heath. She is a regular volunteer with Heath Hands, most recently as a member of the team surveying the veteran trees. Sandra Lousada is famous for her theatre photographs, her photographs of children, and her iconic portraits of such luminaries as Laurence Olivier, Joan Plowright, Vanessa Redgrave, Albert Finney and Julie Christie. Her photographs have illustrated many books, including, most recently, London's Parks and Gardens, by Jill Billington, and Hampstead Heath, by Deborah Wolton and David McDowall (both Frances Lincoln). Her book Public Faces Private Places: Portraits of Artists 1956-2008 will be published in September 2009, and will be accompanied by a major exhibition at the National Theatre. David McDowall has written widely on Middle Eastern and British history. He now writes and publishes walkers' guides to publicly-accessible landscapes. To see them, please click here. Contributor image (c) Angus McDowall

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Publication date

1st November 2007


Deborah Wolton, David McDowall, Sandra Lousada

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Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd


112 pages


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