27.03.2015
12:29

Burgh House - The Hampstead Museum

Address:

Burgh House, New End Square, Hampstead, NW3 1LT

Phone:

020-7431 0144

Website:

www.burghhouse.org.uk

Opening times:

Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun 12:00–17:00

How to get there:

Tube: Hampstead

Entry fee:

Free

Additional information:

Toilet for disabled visitors, buttery open Wed–Fri 11:00–17:30

A handsome Grade I listed Queen Anne house built in 1704, Burgh House is set behind attractive wrought iron gates in the heart of old Hampstead village, overlooking Well Walk. Over the centuries it has been occupied by a succession of interesting professionals, including, from 1720, Dr William Gibbons, physician of the Hampstead Wells Spa, much frequented in the 18th century for the supposed medicinal properties of its foul-tasting chalybeate waters; from 1822 the Rev. Allston Burgh, vicar of St Lawrence Jewry, from whom the house takes its name; in 1906–24 the eminent art historian and specialist on portrait miniatures, Dr George Williamson; and in 1933–37 Rudyard Kipling’s daughter, Elsie Bambridge. The house, which retains many of its original internal features including its carved staircase, is now run by the Burgh House Trust and was opened as a museum and community arts centre in 1979. Local art exhibitions take place on the ground floor while the first floor is occupied by the Hampstead Museum of local history. Displays explain the history of Hampstead and its famous inhabitants, including the artist John Constable—who made his famous cloud studies on Hampstead Heath—and the Victorian watercolourist Helen Allingham (d. 1888), items relating to her life and work having been bequeathed to the museum in 1989. The museum also possesses an Isokon Long Chair, designed by the Hungarian-born architect Marcel Breuer (a director of the Bauhaus and later partner of Walter Gropius in America) for the ‘Isobar’ at the Isokon flats, Lawn Road, in 1936. Its clean, bent plywood design was the most famous item marketed by Isokon, the modern design firm established in the early 1930s. The Buttery serves lunch and tea—on its pleasant garden terrace in summer, and at other times in the basement.

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