Highgate Ponds 2

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There are three freshwater ponds on Hampstead Heath designated for swimming; one for men, one for women and one mixed. The ponds were originally dug as reservoirs in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to meet London's growing demand for water.

Burgh House and Hampstead Museum



Highgate Ponds 2




oil on canvas


H 33 x W 43 cm

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purchased from the Chambers Gallery

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Burgh House and Hampstead Museum

New End Square, Hampstead, London, Greater London NW3 1LT England

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