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Not to be confused with Frognal House, in Foots Cray near Sidcup, London

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Frognal is an area of Hampstead, North West London in the London Borough of Camden. Frognal is also the name of the major road in the area, the lower end of which winds uphill from Finchley Road and at its upper end (north of Church Row) forms the western edge of Hampstead Village.


The first reference to Frognal is as a tenement in the 15th century, probably on the site of the later Frognal House (now 99 Frognal). By the mid-eighteenth century it was a significant settlement, sought after by eminent lawyers, and infill development continued through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

William Page, historian and general editor of the Victoria County History, lived at Frognal Cottage (now 102 Frognal) from 1906 until 1922.<ref name=MakingHistory>Template:Cite web</ref>

Sir Walter Besant, the author, died at 18 Frognal Gardens in 1901.

The Labour Party leader Hugh Gaitskell lived at 10 Frognal and ran a salon of influence in the 1940s, and as Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1950.

General Charles de Gaulle lived from 1942 to 1944 in 99 Frognal.

Kathleen Ferrier (1912–1953), the contralto, lived at Frognal Mansions, 97 Frognal, from 1942.

Charles Forte, restaurant and hotel owner (Trust House Forte) lived at Greenaway Gardens in Frognal,

Dennis Brain (1921–1957), the horn player, lived at 37 Frognal.

Tamara Karsavina, the ballerina, lived at 108 Frognal in the 1950s.

E. V. Knox (1881–1971), the editor of Punch, lived at 110 Frognal from 1945.

Anton Walbrook, the actor, died at 69 Frognal in 1967.

Sir Bernard Spilsbury (1877–1947), the pathologist, died at 20 Frognal.

Frognal has a diverse architecture, with many architecturally notable buildings. The central area, lacking large council estates, has undergone less change than some other parts of Hampstead. University College School, an independent day school founded in 1830, relocated to Frognal (the road) in 1907.

Nearest places

  • Hampstead
  • West Hampstead
  • Swiss Cottage
  • Kilburn
  • Fortune Green

Rail and tube stations

  • Finchley Road & Frognal
  • Hampstead tube station
  • Finchley Road tube station



Further reading

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