Hampstead Garden Suburb was founded by Henrietta Barnett ...
... who, with her husband, Samuel, had started the Whitechapel Art Gallery and Toynbee Hall. In 1906, Barnett set up the Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust Ltd, which purchased 243 acres of land from Eton College for the scheme, and appointed Raymond Unwin as its architect.
Among the scheme’s aims were:
it should cater for all classes of people, and all income groups
there should be a low housing density
roads should be wide, and tree-lined
houses should be separated by hedges, not walls
woods and public gardens should be free to all
it should be quiet (no church bells!)
As a bus enthusiast, Paul was able to research and plan his journey on-line and in advance. His fellow choristers were less well motivated to spend long hours hunched over a gently smouldering confuser and it is their combined story that provokes this short blog series.
There are six H2s (and predecessors) above; and one more below ...
The hydrogen bus apart, the H2 is a microcosm of London Bus politics; it shows the progress of the tendering process combined with the steady loss of small companies in favour of the big groups. Whether this is better for London than the monolithic and hide-bound London Transport of old is a subject of much debate. fbb proffers no opinion other than to say that over that last umpteen years neither structure has been able to provide the customer with a central area timetable book!