Search

Luxury knitwear designer on her dream for pedestrianised Highgate Village

09:00 24 May 2014

Gohar Goddard

Gohar Goddard

Archant

Painter and luxury knitwear designer Gohar Goddard has lived off Cromwell Avenue in Highgate for 26 years. Her next solo show will open at the Highgate Gallery, in South Grove, on Wednesday (May 28) and runs until June 21.

What is your favourite thing about Highgate?

The open spaces, the greenery, the thinner air, the views over London, the romantic story of Dick Whittington.

How has Highgate changed since you moved into the area?

It’s more cosmopolitan – and much better for it. There is a wonderful variety of languages spoken in the pubs, restaurants and shops of Highgate.

What is the area’s best kept secret?

The little room in the library at the Highgate Literary and Scientific Institute. There are wonderful books of poetry from poets over the centuries.

What would you change about Highgate?

Ban all traffic and transform its streets and squares into fully pedestrianised spaces, as happens so brilliantly in French villages.

What makes you smile on your way home?

Knowing I live in Highgate.

How would you spend your perfect Sunday in Highgate?

Having a Persian lunch in the garden surrounded by my six children and ten grandchildren.

What tips would you give to somebody moving to the area?

Use our local schools, they are some of the best in the country.

Where in the world would you twin with Highgate?

Entrecasteaux in Provence, the loveliest village in the Var, where I spend my summers.

Who has most inspired you?

The 13th century Persian poet Rumi. He allows one to hope and dream. I read one of his poems every night.

If you had to write your own epitaph what would it say?

Good heavens!

Latest News Stories

14:11
Security staff outside the building. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

A crew of private security staff accompanied by two vans reportedly containing dogs swooped on a former convent building behind the Royal Free Hospital to remove squatters in the early hours of this morning.

Residents of Quadrant Grove won what could be a landmark decision. Residents from left are Andrew Bache, Nicole Segre, Len Whiting, Khursheed Singh, Lynn Whiting, Barbara Thorndick, Lucinda Sturgis. Picture: Dieter Perry

Residents of a tiny street in Kentish Town have given hope to opponents of basement builds across London after winning what could be a landmark victory against their neighbour.

07:00
Porn star Rebecca More. Picture: Television X.

A porn star who was threatened with legal action by Camden Council if she entered the borough as part of a “sex tour of the UK” has slammed council bosses for overreacting.

Sheila Gunn

A former Camden councillor who served as press secretary to Sir John Major during a distinguished career in journalism and politics has died.

Most read news

Lord Of The Rings star Sir Ian McKellen is the latest name to receive the Freedom of the City of London.

Investigators and scientists have made an initial assessment of the launch site as they attempt to work out how the launch of a commercial resupply ship ended so dramatically. The team has taken a “cursory look” around the site with Nasa saying it will take many more weeks to understand and analyse the full effects […]

Armageddon actress Liv Tyler dressed up her baby bump as a bun in the oven for Halloween.

It’s cost Rio Ferdinand a £25k fine and a three-match ban, but what do people think of the word sket?

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition