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PRIMROSE HILL is a hill of 213 feet (65 m) located on the northern side of Regent\'s Park in London
London
, and also the name given to the surrounding district. The hill summit has a clear view of central London
London
, as well as Hampstead and Belsize Park
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.

The Primrose Hill
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
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
Primrose Hill
are Chalk Farm
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
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 side near Primrose Hill
Primrose Hill
bridge which connects to London
London
Zoo and Regent\'s Park .

The park is Grade II listed.

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 1.1 Famous graffiti * 1.2 Blue plaques

* 2 See also * 3 References * 4 External links

HISTORY

Panoramic view of London
London
from Primrose Hill
Primrose Hill
Primrose Hill at night

Like Regent's Park, Primrose Hill
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
Primrose Hill
comprises mainly Victorian terraces; the name Primrose Hill
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
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
London
and the outer suburbs, and remains expensive and prosperous. Primrose Hill
Primrose Hill
is an archetypal example of a successful London
London
urban village, due to the location and the quality of its socio-historical development.

In October 1678, Primrose Hill
Primrose Hill
was the scene of the mysterious murder of Edmund Berry Godfrey . In 1792 the radical Unitarian poet and antiquarian Iolo Morganwg (Edward Williams) founded the Gorsedd , a community of Welsh bards, at a ceremony on 21 June at Primrose Hill.

FAMOUS GRAFFITI

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 about Primrose Hill
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.

BLUE PLAQUES

There are seven English Heritage
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 broadcaster A. J. P. Taylor
A. J. P. Taylor
and painter William Roberts at 11, 13, and 14 St Mark's Crescent respectively, revolutionary socialist and philosopher Friedrich Engels
Friedrich Engels
at 122 Regent's Park
Regent's Park
Road, photographer Roger Fenton
Roger Fenton
at 2 Albert Terrace, poet and novelist Sylvia Plath
Sylvia Plath
at 3 Chalcot Square, and poet William Butler Yeats
William Butler Yeats
at 23 Fitzroy Road. Joan Bakewell
Joan Bakewell
also lives in the area.

SEE ALSO

* Primrose Hill railway station * Primrose Hill set

REFERENCES

* ^ Mills, A., Dictionary of London
London
Place Names, (2001) * ^ Knight Frank & Rutley, Londons Top 10 Expensive Areas 2011 * ^ Historic England
England
, " Primrose Hill
Primrose Hill
(1001526)", National Heritage List for England
England
, retrieved 18 June 2017 * ^ " London
London
Rubble: How The City\'s Soil Gets Recycled". Londonist. Retrieved 2017-06-11. * ^ Barr, Alistair, Primrose Hill, An Urban Village Examined * ^ http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/xjf380469eng/sir-edmund-berry-godfreys-murder-made-visible-contemporary-pamphlet-1678-xjf380469-eng/ * ^ A B "Search Blue Plaques". Blue plaques search – Primrose Hill. English Heritage
English Heritage
. Retrieved 6 September 2014. * ^ "Joan Bakewell: ‘Life is short, so get your values sorted’ - Entertainment - Hampstead & Highgate Express - Broadway". Hamhigh.co.uk. 2015-10-11. Retrieved 2017-06-11.

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