While the film about Harry Hallowes starring Brendan Gleeson and Diane Keaton is out this month, the fate of the patch he lived on is still unknown

It’s the feelgood film that promises to do for one of London’s best loved parklands what Richard Curtis’s romantic comedy did for Notting Hill.

Hampstead, starring Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson, tells the tale of an American widow who falls for a hermit living on its famous heath. The film, which comes out on 23 June, is loosely based on the real-life story of the late Harry Hallowes, who lived in the ancient park for so many years that he was able to claim squatters’ rights to a tiny slice of it. But what will become of Hallowes’s patch of land – a stone’s throw from what promises to be one of Britain’s most expensive homes when it is completed – remains something of a mystery.

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