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BELSIZE Remembered is a collection of engaging and at times moving personal accounts that together show how the area evolved from the 1930s to the present.
These memories depict many different aspects of life in a part of London that in the 20th century underwent radical changes.
From the story of the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor to memories of artists and musicians as well as once favourite shops, pubs and places of entertainment, these reminiscences capture the flavour of what old hands and relative newcomers relish about where they live.
Fully illustrated with contemporary and archival images this project presents more than ninety chronicles from Belsize residents revisiting old experiences and feelings.
Since publication of Belsize Remembered in October last year we have received further reminiscences and these are now available to read online here.
If you have an Interesting story to tell about Belsize Park, you can submit it for consideration here.
March 2018: Good news about Belsize Remembered – it has become necessary to reprint more copies. The publishers intend to ensure that the book remains in print for others to enjoy. The 2018 reprint is partly funded by the surplus from the initial print run together with top-up sponsorship from Knight Frank, Belsize Park.
Sir Derek Jacobi reads extracts from BELSIZE Remembered
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Compiled by Ranee Barr and David S Percy
Edited by F Peter Woodford
Photographs by David S Percy
"Thank you for the book, I enjoyed it immensely having read it cover to cover. It is a wonderful record of Belsize, it took me back down memory lane. I remember the Winch's Cauldron in Belsize Village, and I especially recall the Loft on England's lane, they used to serve an amazing spaghetti bolognaise."
Review by David Corp
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‘This book is a delight. A small and perfectly formed masterpiece. It has an almost incredible cast of characters from Agatha Christie to Madame Zwingli: in between we meet Ben Nicholson, Freud, Jung, Thomas Mann, RD Laing, Henry Moore, and Twiggy. A marvellous cluster of memories with lovely vignettes.’
Michael Wood, historian and BBC broadcaster
‘A beautifully produced book, lavishly illustrated in colour. The personal reminiscences show the interesting, funny, unexpected and rewarding sides of living in Belsize Park.'
Marianne Colloms, co-author, Hampstead & Belsize Park, Then & Now
‘A vivid evocation of the history of Belsize Park, seen through the eyes of past and present inhabitants – required reading for all who cherish the area's unique charm.'
Martin Sheppard, author, Primrose Hill: A History
‘This splendidly illustrated book of remembrances of Belsize provides ample evidence of a vibrant, handsome part of London. A feast of information and a visual delight.’
John Richardson, chairman, Camden History Society
Thanks to our sponsor Knight Frank Belsize Park, and our original sponsors Heywoods Estate Agents and XUL Architecture in Belsize Village.
Publication of this book has also been made possible thanks to the many individual donors to this community project.
BELSIZE Remembered is available from Daunt Books, Waterstone's Hampstead and online from this website as well as on Amazon.