Haverstock

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Haverstock
Haverstock is located in Greater London
Haverstock
Haverstock
 Haverstock shown within Greater London
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Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LONDON
Postcode district NW3, NW5
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Coordinates: 51°32′42″N 0°09′48″W / 51.5449°N 0.1632°W / 51.5449; -0.1632

Haverstock is an area and electoral ward in the London Borough of Camden. It is centred around Haverstock Hill and Chalk Farm, with Gospel Oak to the north; Kentish Town to the east; Camden Town to the south, and Swiss Cottage to the west.

History[edit]

There has been settlement in the area for hundreds of years, with Haverstock Hill being one of the main roads out of London to Hampstead and the north of England.

Geography[edit]

The area to the west of the hill, with the NW3 Belsize Park/Hampstead post code, is very wealthy, while the Queen's Crescent NW5 area to the east of the hill is home to Queen's Crescent Market. There is a high density of council housing, with Talacre Gardens[1] the only real open space, although Primrose Hill and Hampstead Heath are both close by. The area still remains a desirable compromise to fashionable areas such as Camden Town and expensive inner suburbs Belsize Park and Hampstead. The area is ethnically and socially diverse, and the marketplace and surrounding area is well known for its African, Jamaican, South American and Eastern European culture, well reflected in the ethnic food stalls and clothes shops in the area.

Haverstock Hill, Rosslyn Hill, and Heath Street, Hampstead together constitute one long hill 2.8 km long, rising 99 m, with an average gradient of 3.5% (maximum 8.5%).[2]

Transport[edit]

Stations in the area are Kentish Town West railway station, and Chalk Farm and Belsize Park tube stations.

The area was formerly served by Haverstock Hill railway station, which closed in 1916.

Culture[edit]

There are many restaurants, bars and cultural venues in Haverstock[citation needed]. The Barfly club, which launched many artists of the Britpop era, and the Roundhouse venue are in Chalk Farm.

Queen's Crescent Street Market has served the area around Gospel Oak for over 100 years and now frequently hosts farmers' markets and guest traders from across the UK.[3] The marketplace and surrounding area is well known for its African, Jamaican, South American and Eastern European culture, and this is well reflected to the ethnic food stalls and clothes shops in the area.

Famous residents[edit]

Haverstock School includes cabinet ministers David Miliband and Ed Miliband, and former MP Oona King, amongst its alumni.

Politics[edit]

Haverstock is represented by three councillors on the London Borough of Camden, and forms part of the Holborn and St. Pancras constituency. The constituency had previously been a staunch Labour seat, but by 2010 had become marginal between Labour and the Liberal Democrats.[citation needed]

As of 2013 Frank Dobson of the Labour Party was the MP for Holborn and St. Pancras, and the local councillors were Liberal Democrats Rahel Bokth, Jill Fraser and Matt Sanders.[4]

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