Frognal is an area of Hampstead, North West London in the London Borough of Camden. Frognal is also the name of the major road in the area, the lower end of which winds uphill from Finchley Road and at its upper end (north of Church Row) forms the western edge of Hampstead Village.
The first reference to Frognal is as a tenement in the 15th century, probably on the site of the later Frognal House (now 99 Frognal). By the mid-eighteenth century it was a significant settlement, sought after by eminent lawyers, and infill development continued through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Sir Walter Besant, the author,lived at 106 Frognal,and died at 18 Frognal Gardens in 1901.
General Charles de Gaulle lived from 1942 to 1944 in 99 Frognal.
Kathleen Ferrier (1912–1953), the contralto, lived at Frognal Mansions, 97 Frognal, from 1942.
Dennis Brain (1921–1957), the horn player, lived at 37 Frognal.
Tamara Karsavina, the ballerina, lived at 108 Frognal in the 1950s.
E. V. Knox (1881–1971), the editor of Punch, lived at 110 Frognal from 1945.
Anton Walbrook, the actor, died at 69 Frognal in 1967.
Sir Bernard Spilsbury (1877–1947), the pathologist, died at 20 Frognal.
Frognal has a diverse architecture, with many architecturally notable buildings. The central area, lacking large council estates, has undergone less change than some other parts of Hampstead. University College School, an independent day school founded in 1830, relocated to Frognal (the road) in 1907. Frognall Grove, Grade II listed, (1871–72) was large house inherited by the architect George Edmund Street, who made additions to it. It was later subdivided into four semi-detached houses.
Rail and tube stations
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