Thomas Bromwich (1748 – 1787) was a distinguished paper merchant, or more specifically a wallpaper merchant, who bought an estate here which included Holly Lodge in 1770. In 1754 he supplied “the new furniture wallpaper” to Horace Walpole. This was previously a bridal path called Bromwich Walk that connected the top of Highgate West Hill with the bottom of Swain’s Lane in the 18thCentury. But it was closed by the estate’s new owner Lady Burdett-Coutts in 1904 in return for improvements to Swain’s Lane.
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