|Burgh House, Hampstead Heath|
The Burgh House is rather grand with great wood panelled rooms in the manner of the Queen Anne epoch. It has stood in style for nigh on three hundred years mostly as a private residence - but nowadays, an independent charitable trust for arts, heritage and the community open its doors for four days in the week enabling the public to visit it's museum, exhibitions and café (in good weather it can be very pleasant taking tea on the garden terrace).
There directly in front as you enter the gallery is the portrait of one of my favourite actors Timothy Spall by the artist Tim Wright.
|Timothy Spall by Tim Wright|
Hanging close by is a sort of 'Turneresque' landscape by artist Rw Easterby
|Painting by Rw Easterby|
|Painting by Robert Dearman|
|Painting by Chris Filtness|
I leave the paintings and make my way back towards the bar where I can hear music.
|Captivating singing by Anoushka Lucas|
|Wanna get ahead? Get a hat!|
|Anoushka Lucas plays piano and sings|
The mood is jazzy and bluesy and I go to the bar for a top- up of refreshment.
For years, when I'm out this way, I have always loved to walk to the Heath along Flask Walk - and have always looked out for an old gate that is in a high wall. It is great heavy iron and wooden gate that had come from the old Newgate prison. Big and black and armour studded with rivets. Only, this time all I see is a black hoarding where the infamous Newgate prison gate used to be. It is not there anymore! It has been replaced by a black hoarding!
|Wall now devoid of historical Newgate Prison gate|
Claire Tilroe Steve Wazowski