A Quick Guide to Belsize Park, NW3
The area of Belsize Park is located in the north-west part of the capital, within the London Borough of Camden and the NW3 postcode district. A ward in the borough takes the name of the area. It covers most of the area, while the other part of it falls within the boundaries of Hampstead Town.
Belsize Park has some nearby localities in the face of Hampstead to the west and north, Camden Town to the southeast, Primrose Hill to the south and Gospel Oak and Kentish Town to the east. Near the area is Primrose Hill park (5 minutes’ walk), as well as Hampstead Heath (10 minutes’ walk).
The name of the area comes from French and means ‘well situated’. There are numerous thoroughfares that bear Belsize Park’s name, but it is the name of the parkland and manor house that should be considered as source for the current name. Most of the area was built up in the period between 1852 and 1878, when it extended to Haverstock Hill.
An air-raid shelter was built in the area during WW2. The entrance to it is still present next to the tube station at Downside Crescent. In the aftermath of the bombings that severely damaged the area around Haverstock Hill, the pavement was widened and building proceeded further back.
The region is associated with Belsize Park Rugby Club, which is one of the clubs that established the Rugby Union game. Presently, the club is among the central London teams, training and playing at Regent’s Park.
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