PARLIAMENT HILL FIELDS
The very large area of Heath that contains Kite Hill on its higher slopes and The Stone Of Free Speech, the Athletics Track, Lido and other amenities and facilities on the lower areas.
It is thought that Parliament Hill gained its name during the English Civil War when it was occupied by Government troops.
In earlier times The Hill was known as "Traitors' Hill" when on November 5th 1605 the conspirators, including Guy Fawkes, took up their positions to watch for the destruction of The Houses Of Parliament and King James 1st.
It borders Highgate Road and is well served by bus routes C2, C11 and 214.
PARLIAMENT (KITE) HILL
is the highest point on The Heath (98m).
It commands wonderful views of Highgate and The City Of London (see Views).
It no doubt played a strategic role in ancient battle times and Guy Fawkes and his collaborators were said to have watched for Parliament blowing up from here, although this is extremely doubtful!
The peak of this Hill was originally conical to place a windmill belonging to The Kenwood Estate Farm in olden days but was flattened to make concrete beds for guns during the wars.
It can be reached through The Heath or by the path ascending from the lower part of Parliament Hill Fields or on its other side, Hampstead.
Familiarly known as Kite Hill, this spot is one of the great highlights of The Heath, about 98 meters above sea level and one of the highest spots in London.
The views of London City and the Highgate slopes are wonderful and, in the author’s opinion, better even than those seen at neighbouring Primrose Hill.
The Hill is a goal for joggers and walkers alike and there is hardly a soul who does not pause awhile and drink in this truly wonderful magnificence.
(It was known as Brock Hill in the mid eighteenth century.)
The views are never the same, whether it be a dull morning, with the eerie outlines of skyscrapers piercing the mists and fogs, the blood red sunrises and sunsets or the rare view of broad beams and shafts of light striking the dome of St. Pauls, such as Constable painted so many years ago.
It is a place not to be missed and the visitor will always depart invigorated and optimistic, any tinges of despair blown away by the breezes and gusts that nickname this place, Kite Hill.
(see the City-Of_London Map to establish its exact whereabouts)