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
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
(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.
Thomas Brock Sculptor.
RA 1847 – 1922. His works included the monument to
Victoria in front of
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;
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
Paul Epworth, Film Producer / songwriter lives in
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.
infamously, Denis Neilsen, serial murderer also lived in Melrose Avenue
before he moved to Muswell Hill. Offset in Melrose Avenue by
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