ERSKINE HOUSE ~
Situated at Heath End, on The Spaniards Road, next door to The Spaniards Inn and next to Evergreen Hill on its other side.
Many wealthy Londoners chose to live in Hampstead in the 18th century on account of its clean air, spring water and wide open spaces. It was particularly popular with writers and politicians.
This was the home of Thomas Erskine (later Lord Erskine) (1750-1823), a successful lawyer who became most famous for his work with Queen Caroline at her divorce hearing in 1820.
Most of his land, on the perimeter of The Heath was taken over by the Mansfields, in the nineteenth century.
Thomas Erskine was a prominent advocate.
A leading Whig, he led a campaign to prevent a radical reform movement in the 1790s.
Erskine also took a keen interest in local affairs.
He was made Lord Chancellor in 1806.