Hampstead (parish)


Hampstead Old Town Hall (1878)

Hampstead within the County of London
 - Created 1900
 - Abolished 1965
 - Succeeded by London Borough of Camden
Status Metropolitan borough
Government Hampstead Borough Council
 - HQ Haverstock Hill
 - Motto Non Sibi Sed Toti (Not for self but for all)
Arms of the metropolitan borough
Coat of arms of the borough council

The Metropolitan Borough of Hampstead was a Metropolitan borough of the County of London from 1900 to 1965, when it was amalgamated with the Metropolitan Borough of St Pancras and the Metropolitan Borough of Holborn to form the London Borough of Camden.

It included Primrose Hill, Hampstead, Belsize Park, West Hampstead, South Hampstead, much of Hampstead Heath and part of Kilburn and Cricklewood. Some street signs still bear the 'Borough of Hampstead' name.

Coat of arms

The arms were granted in 1931, and are based on a device used by the Hampstead Vestry without authority, and adopted by the Council on its formation in 1900.

The mitre stands for the Westminster Abbey, to which the Manor of Hampstead was granted by Ethelred the Unready in 986, and remained in its possession until 1539. The fleurs-de-lys and stag's head are from the arms of the Hickes family, one of whom, Viscount Camden, purchased the Manor. On his death in 1629 it passed to the Noel family from whose arms are taken the fretty chief. The Manor was sold to Sir William Langthorne in 1707, who is represented by the white cross and red fleurs-de-lys from his arms.

The holly is from the seal of the old Hampstead Vestry, which grows profusely in the area.

Population and area

The metropolitan borough was conterminous with the Vestry authority, when it was formed in 1900. Statistics compiled by the London County Council, in 1901 to show the population growth in London, over the preceding century.

Hampstead had an area of 2,265 acres (9.2 km2) in 1901. The populations recorded in National Censuses were:

Hampstead Vestry 1801-1899

Year[1] 1801 1811 1821 1831 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891
Population 4,434 5,483 7,263 8,588 10,093 11,986 19,106 32,281 45,452 68,416

Metropolitan Borough 1900-1961

Year[2] 1901 1911 1921 1931 1941 1951 1961
Population 81,942 85,495 86,153 88,947 [3] 95,131 98,844


Coordinates: 51°33′03″N 0°09′57″W / 51.5508°N 0.1659°W / 51.5508; -0.1659

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