Agamemnon Road, NW6

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One of a cluster of roads built by WH Suttle, who lived in this road, between 1886 and 1896 and named after four characters that feature in Homer’s account of the Trojan War, the Iliad. Agamemnon was a king of Mycenae who commanded the united Greek forces when his sister-in-law Helen of Troy was held by the Trojans. Having survived many years on the battlefields he returned home to be killed by his wife’s lover. Yannis Andritsopoulos, London Correspondent for the Greek newspaper Ta Nea, says that West Hampstead has more streets with a Greek connection than any other part of the city; five within the boundaries of its Fortune Green ward and another three in its West Hampstead ward. He writes: “These roads were paved in the late 19th century, when William Gladstone, a famous philhellene who has a street named after him in Athens, was prime minister.” The others in the cluster are Achilles Road, Ajax Road and Ulysses Road.

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