Open House London is back for another year, when many historic or architectural buildings are open for public viewing. Buildings all over London are open, including in Camden.
This is a joint letter from Leader of Camden Council Georgia Gould and MP for Holborn & St Pancras Sir Keir Starmer, talking about community safety in the wake of recent fatal stabbings.
London’s Underground system has many deserted nooks and crannies, part of its history of more than 150 years. Tours can be organised to see some of them.
A book has been produced, Hidden London: Discovering the Forgotten Underground, including pictures of underground passages, repurposed stations, and disused stations (including Camden’s own South Kentish Town Station, closed since 1924).
In fact, South Kentish Town Station is being used as an escape room experience at the moment! Probably inspired by a piece, South Kentish Town, written by Sir John Betjeman, about a fictional passenger who became trapped at the station.
This Saturday, 14 September, there will be a free festival at the Ampthill Estate, celebrating 50 years of the Ampthill Estate, and 100 years of Council Housing.
Five sheep are being released onto Hampstead Heath in an experiment to see whether their grazing is a good eco-friendly way of keeping the grass down, and keeping brambles at bay. See them at the tumulus until Monday.
Recent news stories in the Camden New Journal have bad news about a couple of big trees in the borough.
Firstly, the large Cedar of Lebanon in West Highgate Cemetery has had to be cut down because of disease. It seems the tree was there before the Cemetery. The Cemetery are looking into replacing it with another large tree.
People are also worried about the “Hardy Tree”, located in the grounds of St Pancras Old Church. The tree was used by a young Thomas Hardy (author of Tess of the d’Urbervilles) to rest gravestones on while clearing graves during the construction of the Midland railway in the 1860s. The gravestones still remain where they were put 150 years ago. But the tree has become infected with a fungus, and it has been fenced off for people’s safety.
The Mayor of London, together with Thames Water, is installing drinking water fountains around London to reduce the use of throwaway plastic water bottles. In Camden, a new water fountain has been installed at Kentish Town Station.
Other water fountains are proposed for Camden High Street, and for Russell Square.
The Somers Town Festival will happen on Saturday 13 July 2019.