Hampstead Is The Place To Ruralise part 08
Composer: Williams, Watkyn
The lyrics of this song convey a sense of what it was like to visit the countryside in the 19th Century. Omnibuses were crowded, filled with crying children and once in the countryside there were 'wild' animals such as 'toads' to contend with! Hampstead was marshland for much of the 18th Century and then became a popular destination as a spa resort where the wealthy could 'take the waters'. By 1891 the population had reached 68,000 and churches, fire stations and sewage facilities were built to accommodate these residents. Although Hampstead was more rural then than it is now, it is unlikely that there would have been a sea-view as there is in the illustration.