In 1534, the area of West Hampstead, was a freehold estate belonging to Kilburn Priory.
In the early 17th Century a number of small houses were present and later on, London merchants were building larger houses to create a village known as “West End”.
At the beginning of 19th Century, with the arrival of the railways, the area was transformed form farmland into neat housing estates. In 1879, the metropolitan railway adopted the name West Hampstead, for its station, on West End Lane. Today the area has retained the name of West Hampstead, as well as, the main thoroughfare, also retaining its name as West End Lane.
West Hampstead is an area, of mainly residential homes, with a main high street, that comprises of several small shops, restaurants, cafés, banks, supermarkets and bakeries. The high street is served by West Hampstead station, West Hampstead Overground Station and West Hampstead Thames Link Station.
Today many of the original Victorian house still remain in narrow streets that are typically located, between West Hampstead station and Kilburn station. The more fashionable area between West Hampstead station and Finchley Road station, has larger houses, interspersed with communal parkland and wider tree lined streets. This area is also known as South Hampstead and is served by Finchley Road tube station and South Hampstead Overground Station.
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