Children paddling in Whitestone Pond, Hampstead on a Bank Holiday - photograph

This photograph by Newspaper Illustrations Ltd. shows children happily paddling in Whitestone Pond, watched by onlookers on the banks. Enormous crowds gathered in Hampstead on bank holidays, and a large funfair was also put on for revellers. By the beginning of the 20th century the scene had grown more respectable. Less theft and rowdiness was reported than in the 19th century. Between 1910 and 1920 when this picture was taken, Hampstead Heath held the most famous bank holiday festivities in London. On Easter Monday 1910, 200,000 people came to celebrate on the heath, 50,000 of them arriving by train. Whitestone pond was originally a small dew pond, which was enlarged and filled with water in 1890. Nearby was the Jack Straw Public House, which now has been turned into luxury flats.
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