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The construction of public railways led to the growth of the suburbs as it became possible to commute from further afield. Ratcliffe lived in Hampstead Garden Suburb, a new development built in 1907 between Golders Green and East Finchley. It was devised by the philanthropist Mrs Henrietta Barnett, who bought a large amount of land and built residential areas for artisans, the middle classes and the more affluent. This view is from a tower that is part of the Hampstead Garden.

February 2004