Holmefield Court

Holmefield Court brochure, Belsize Park
Holmefield Court, Belsize Park
Holmefield Court, Belsize Park

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Holmefield Court was built between 1933 and 1934 by Bell Properties Trust Limited in Belsize Grove, on land originally owned by Edward Bliss.

Edward Bliss was a self-made man and began developing a 14-acre site fronting the west side of Haverstock Hill, soon after 1815. Bell Properties constructed Holmefield Court (and Gilling Court) on the remaining vacant land on Edward Bliss’s original plot. The architects of Holmefield Court were Toms & Partners of Park Street, Mayfair.

Holmefield Court (sometimes spelt Holmfield Court) is named after ‘Holme Field’, a property shown on a 1762 map of Belsize Park. Built just after Gilling Court, the 104 flat development of Holmefield Court included a restaurant and a ‘covered alley way’ between Holmefield Court and Gilling Court, built in 1934.

Also in 1934 plans were laid for a swimming pool located between Holmefield Court and Gilling Court, and Holmefield Court had an iron and glass shelter for its forecourt and canopy. Residents of Holmefield Court first appeared in 1935; however it took several years for all the flats to sell, as this was during the Great Depression that followed the Stock Market Crash in 1929.

Like other areas Belsize Park suffered damage in the Second World War but according to its 1946 general meeting, Bell London and Provincial Properties Limited, including Holmefield Court, suffered only a relatively small amount of damage from enemy actions. Large and deep underground air-raid shelters were built in Belsize Park during the Second World War that accommodated and protected the local residents.

Although no celebrities are recorded for Holmefield Court, well-known people in Belsize Park include the writers Jerome K Jerome (1859 - 1927), William Empson (1906 - 1984), Nicholas Monsarrat (1910 - 1979), and Agatha Christie (1890-1976) best known for her British crime novels, short stories and plays.

Famous Belsize Park residents also consisted of composer Frederick Delius (1862-1934); and the artists and sculptors, Walter Sickert (1860-1942), Dame Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975) and her second husband Ben Nicholson (1894-1982), Henry Moore (1898-1986), Piet Mondrian (1872-1944), and Paul Nash (1889-1946).

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