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Notables living (or lived) in Mapesbury

Peter O'Toole, Zadie Smith, Andrew Sachs and Mick Jagger are among the many notable people who've lived in Mapesbury at some point in their lives.

From the 12th Century through to the present day, the area has attracted musicians, actors, writers, clerics, sportsmen and thinkers, some of whom are commemorated in local street names. Author and historian John Mann (who convenes Mapra's History and Architecture group) has compiled this list for our website.

Walter Map (1130s –1209) was already immortalised in Mapesbury's name by 1251:  Churchman,  diplomat,  judge, and satirist, as a canon of the cathedral he was assigned the rents from lands St Paul’s owned in this area.

Henry Chichele (1362-1443):  Archbishop of Canterbury and  founder, with Henry VI,  of All Souls College, Oxford.   The King granted the College much land in Willesden, and  prominent members of the College - Anson,  Hoveden,  Keyes, and  Sheldon - are remembered in road names.

Sir Julius Caesar  (1557-1636): a leading judge who as MP for Middlesex represented this area in parliament from 1614-1620.

Albert Trott (1873-1914): played cricket for Australia against England, was dropped,  came to England, and played for Middlesex and England. Member Brondesbury, Willesden Green and Cricklewood Conservative Club.

Ronald Coase (1910-2009):  awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics 1991

Peter Benenson (1921-2005): lawyer and co founder of Amnesty International in 1961. In 1977 Amnesty was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Oliver Sacks neurologist and author [e.g. The man who mistook his wife for a hat] was born and brought up at 37 Mapesbury Road. He has written about his childhood in Mapesbury Road in Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood and in the just published memoir On the Move.

Sir Thomas Brock Sculptor. KCB RA 1847 – 1922. His works included the monument to Queen Victoria in front of Buckingham Palace. He was a pupil of John Henry Foley and completed Foley’s gilded statue of Prince Albert opposite the Albert Hall after Foley’s death. The work was done in Worcester Lodge; the first house on the left hand side of Mapesbury Road as one enters it from Willesden Lane

Manuel Patricio Rodriguez Garcia (1805-1906): the most famous singing teacher of his time,  taught Jenny Lind and invented the larynxscope. Lived Mon Abri, 27 Shoot up Hill.

Band leader Billy Cotton,  orchestral leader Joe Loss,  and band leader Max Jaffa all lived on our boundary.  Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and Keith Richards lived in 33 Mapesbury Road in 1964.  Classical violinist Raymond Cohen and his wife pianist Anthya Rael have lived here for many years and gave a concert at St Gabriel’s  in 2004.

Lee Radziwell, also known as Caroline Lee Bouvier, actress and socialite (sister of Jackie Kennedy Onassis) lived on Teignmouth Road, in the 70s.

Actors Andrew Sachs, Jean Simmons, Peter O’Toole,  Joan Collins, Tom Conti, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Tamsin Greig and Rula Lenska lived or still live here. Paul Epworth, Film Producer / songwriter lives in Dartmouth Road

Local writers include: W H  Ainsworth [Jack Sheppard and Dick Turpin], W H G Kingston [adventure tales for boys],   Penelope Mortimer,  Zadie Smith and  Edmund Yates “If I had never lived at Mapesbury House I do not believe I would have written a novel”; Erich Fried ( Austrian born German language poet). The poet Paul Celan wrote a  poem on Mapesbury Road ? He came to the area regularly to visit his aunt

The orientalist Lazarus Goldschmidt lived in Teignmouth Road and completed his celebrated translation of the Talmud here. He also translated the Koran

Rudi Dutschke, the student activist, fled from Germany in 1968, after an assassination attempt, and lived for a time in Dartmouth Rd.

Rather more infamously, Denis Neilsen, serial murderer also lived in Melrose Avenue before he moved to Muswell Hill. Offset in Melrose Avenue by Anthony Wright (Using the pseudonym Antony Grey), largely responsible for the legalization of homosexual acts between adult men in 1967.

There are no doubt many more who should be included here. If you can add to the list, or have changes or corrections, please contact Gerry