New End

New End, Camden

The north-eastern corner of central Hampstead (aka Hampstead Village), east of Heath Street


Burgh House

With the devel­op­ment of Hamp­stead as a spa at the begin­ning of the 18th cen­tu­ry, an ancil­lary quar­ter sprang up here with gam­bling dens and sou­venir shops sur­round­ed by new homes and lodg­ing hous­es.

Shown in the pho­to­graph on the right, New End’s grand­est sur­viv­ing prop­er­ty was built in 1703–4 for the Sewells, a Quak­er fam­i­ly, and takes its present name from its tenth own­er, the wealthy cler­gy­man Allat­son Burgh.

Beyond Burgh House this was the poor cor­ner of Hamp­stead, with rel­a­tive­ly hum­ble cot­tages pro­vid­ing accom­mo­da­tion for arti­sans. The parish work­house was estab­lished here in 1800 and rebuilt in 1845, serv­ing also as an infir­mary and offices for the vestry, and lat­er becom­ing New End hos­pi­tal. As Hampstead’s star ascend­ed, New End was enfold­ed in the embrace of its par­ent dur­ing the late 19th cen­tu­ry.

New End pri­ma­ry school opened in 1906. Parts of New End were rebuilt in the 1930s, includ­ing the Old White Bear and the Duke of Hamil­ton pub­lic hous­es.

The coun­cil added a few flats after the Sec­ond World War and most of the shops were grad­u­al­ly replaced by or con­vert­ed to res­i­dences.

After the clo­sure of New End hos­pi­tal, the site was sold in 1986 to fund the rede­vel­op­ment of the near­by Queen Mary’s mater­ni­ty home as a unit for the care of the elder­ly. Berke­ley Homes con­vert­ed the hos­pi­tal build­ings for res­i­den­tial use in 1996.

From 1974 to 2011 the New End The­atre occu­pied the for­mer mor­tu­ary of New End hos­pi­tal, where Karl Marx was laid out before his bur­ial in High­gate ceme­tery. Declin­ing audi­ences forced the the­atre’s clo­sure and the build­ing has since been trans­mo­gri­fied into a ‘bou­tique’ syn­a­gogue for the Vil­lage Shul, an inde­pen­dent Ortho­dox con­gre­ga­tion of around 50 fam­i­lies.

Saved from con­ver­sion to offices in 1979, Burgh House hosts reg­u­lar art exhi­bi­tions, serves as a clas­si­cal con­cert venue and is home to the Hamp­stead Muse­um. There’s a shop and café and the house can be hired for pri­vate events (notably wed­dings), meet­ings, exhi­bi­tions and con­certs.

The Old White Bear closed in 2014. When Hid­den Lon­don last checked (in Decem­ber 2018) the pub’s future remained uncer­tain, though it been list­ed as an asset of com­mu­ni­ty val­ue and has a new licensee ready to reopen it. Mean­while, the Duke of Hamil­ton has been refur­bished by its new own­ers and the Hamp­stead Jazz Club is based in its cel­lar.

When com­plet­ed on the north side of New End in late 2019, Nov­el House will be Hamp­stead Vil­lage’s first new-build res­i­den­tial devel­op­ment in almost 20 years.

Postal district: NW3