One thing we noticed on our trip back to Hampstead was the width of Heath street. It was so narrow. The traffic buzzed up and down fairly regularly with few breaks though we did manage to get a photo with it looking almost uninhabited. Crossing over was not particularly a problem because of the Belisha Beacons. These give the pedestrian priority over wheeled traffic so you can step out and cross the road safely. (Though I did make sure the cars were slowing down before I dashed across.) In ‘a farthing cone’ my mother tells the story of how she was very fearful about crossing this road. This is probably why I got the impression that the road must be wide. My mother was only seven when she left Hampstead and I note that a Beacon right outside her Grandmother’s shop was installed a number of years later. Pondering on this I was reminded of the fact that stepping into the unknown in any area of our lives can often be fraught with fear. Which reminded me of the Poem the then Princess Elizabeth gave to her father, King George V1 when the world was teetering on the brink of another War. The king read it to the British Empire in his 1939 Christmas Broadcast. …………………………………………………………………………..
And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied: “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
This is a view of Heath St up near the top. Number eighty is down around the corner.