Ajax Road, NW6

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One of a cluster of roads built by WH Suttle, of Agamemnon Road, between 1886 and 1896 and named after four characters that feature in Homer’s account of the Trojan War, the Iliad. One of the greatest of the Greek heroes who clashes with Hector of the Trojans. 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, Agamemnon Road and Ulysses Road.

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