PRIMROSE HILL is a hill of 213 feet (65 m) located on the northern
side of Regent\'s Park in
London , and also the name given to the
surrounding district. The hill summit has a clear view of central
London , as well as
Belsize Park to the north and is
adorned by an engraved quotation from William Blake. Nowadays it is
one of the most exclusive and expensive residential areas in London
and is home to many prominent residents.
Primrose Hill district is surrounded by the affluent areas of St
John\'s Wood to the west,
Swiss Cottage to the northwest, Belsize Park
to the north,
Chalk Farm to the north east,
Camden Town to the east
and Regent\'s Park itself lies adjacent to the south of the hill
itself. The nearest stations to
Primrose Hill are
Chalk Farm tube
station to the northeast and
Swiss Cottage tube station to the
northwest. The defunct
Primrose Hill railway station sits on the
railway lines that separate the
Primrose Hill area from
Camden Town .
Amenities of the hill include an outdoor gym known as the Hill Trim
Trail, a children's playground, and toilets, all located on the south
Primrose Hill bridge which connects to
London Zoo and
Regent\'s Park .
The park is Grade II listed.
* 1 History
* 1.1 Famous graffiti
* 1.2 Blue plaques
* 2 See also
* 3 References
* 4 External links
Panoramic view of
Primrose Hill Primrose Hill
Like Regent's Park,
Primrose Hill was once part of a great chase
appropriated by Henry VIII . Later, in 1841, it became Crown property
and in 1842 an
Act of Parliament secured the land as public open
space. The built up part of
Primrose Hill comprises mainly Victorian
terraces; the name
Primrose Hill has been in use since the 15th
century - giving the lie to later claims that it was named after
Archibald Primrose, whose premiership witnessed the rapid expansion of
London underground rail network London.
It has always been one of the more fashionable districts in the urban
belt that lies between the core of
London and the outer suburbs, and
remains expensive and prosperous.
Primrose Hill is an archetypal
example of a successful
London urban village, due to the location and
the quality of its socio-historical development.
In October 1678,
Primrose Hill was the scene of the mysterious murder
Edmund Berry Godfrey . In 1792 the radical Unitarian poet and
Iolo Morganwg (Edward Williams) founded the
Gorsedd , a
community of Welsh bards, at a ceremony on 21 June at Primrose Hill.
There is, as in most places in London, graffiti on Primrose Hill.
However, the one that seemed to impact the public most was a lyric
Primrose Hill by the band Blur (from their single For Tomorrow
). The graffiti read 'And the view's so nice' until it was removed in
2012. Some have tried to restore it, but none have yet succeeded.
There are seven
English Heritage blue plaques in Primrose Hill
commemorating the historic personalities that have lived there. The
plaques mark the residences of poet Sir Hugh Clough , historian and
A. J. P. Taylor and painter William Roberts at 11, 13, and
14 St Mark's Crescent respectively, revolutionary socialist and
Friedrich Engels at 122
Regent's Park Road, photographer
Roger Fenton at 2 Albert Terrace, poet and novelist
Sylvia Plath at 3
Chalcot Square, and poet
William Butler Yeats
William Butler Yeats at 23 Fitzroy Road.
Joan Bakewell also lives in the area.
Primrose Hill railway station
Primrose Hill set
* ^ Mills, A., Dictionary of
London Place Names, (2001)
* ^ Knight Frank & Rutley, Londons Top 10 Expensive Areas 2011
* ^ Historic
England , "
Primrose Hill (1001526)", National Heritage