While most people know about the famous forty-year battle to save Hampstead Heath few are aware of the remarkable story of the two campaigns that saved Kenwood. In this talk, Helen Lawrence focuses on the extraordinary casts of characters who battled it out, revealing how the two unsung heroes: George Shaw Lefevre in the 1880s and Sir Arthur Crosfield in the 1920s, were supported by dozens of local residents. Lord Iveagh’s role was just the icing – albeit the most delectable icing - on the cake.
The research for this talk is taken from a new history of Hampstead Heath which Helen has just finished, to be published by CHS in 2019, the first for 30 years. It brings the story up to date covering, for the first time, events in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Non-members welcome (£1 at the door).