Belsize Park, NW3

Place Name

Derives from the Norman and means beautifully situated, from the Old French words bel and assise, referring to the grounds of a manor house that stood here from at least the early 14thCentury. It was first recorded in 1317 as Belassis but less than half a century later in 1360 this had been corrupted into Bellassize and by 1593, Belsise. In the 17thCentury the house was rebuilt and by the next century the grounds hosted a popular tea place making it a fashionable resort. In 1854 this splendid house was knocked down and its extensive gardens and ground were paved over.

 

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