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The earliest records of Muswell Hill date from the 12th century. The Bishop of London, who was the Lord of the Manor of Harringay, owned the area and granted 65 acres (263,000 m²), located to the east of Colney Hatch Lane, to a newly formed order of nuns. The nuns built a chapel on the site and called it ‘Our Lady of Muswell’.
The name Muswell is believed to come from a natural spring or well (the "Mossy Well"), said to have miraculous properties. The traditional story tells that a Scottish king was cured of disease after drinking the water of the spring/well. The area became a place of pilgrimage for healing during medieval times. The River Moselle, which has its source in Muswell Hill and Highgate, derives its name from this district; it was originally known as the Mosa or Mosella.
It was not until the 19th century that Muswell Hill began to be developed more densely from a collection of country houses to the contemporary London suburb. The development was spurred by the opening of a branchline railway with connecting services to Finsbury Park and Kings Cross stations. Most commercial development was initiated in the early 20th century when the current street pattern was set out and elegant Edwardian retail parades were constructed. The centre included a music hall (later demolished with the site redeveloped as a supermarket) and several churches for various denominations. The 1930s saw the construction of an art deco Odeon cinema. The site of the Ritz, a cinema formerly at the top of Muswell Hill, has been redeveloped as offices.
Until the reorganisation of London's local government in 1965, Muswell Hill formed part of the Borough of Hornsey within the administrative county of Middlesex. The area subsequently became part of the London Borough of Haringey.
Close to Alexandra Park and Highgate Woods, with something of a village atmosphere, Muswell Hill has developed from the staid suburb it was in the 1950s to become fashionable with a host of trendy bars, restaurants, coffee shops and delicatessens. Muswell Hill Broadway and Fortis Green Road, the main shopping streets, still maintain their Edwardian splendour with many of the original facades preserved and three churches (one now converted into a bar) adding to the streetscape. Some parts have spectacular views over London, and the area is home to a large number of actors, journalists and other media people. House prices remain high, owing partly to the quality of the local schools, and this is also reflected in the influx of upmarket shop brands like Space.NK, Maison Blanc and Whistles. There is also a weekly farmers' market at the foot of Muswell Hill in Alexandra Park
The area was the birthplace of musicians Ray and Dave Davies of The Kinks, who began their career here and helped immortalize it with their 1971 album Muswell Hillbillies. A plaque and memorabilia in the Clissold Arms pub in Fortis Green commemorate Ray and Dave's first public performance there. Now it is home to Samantha Janus. Just down the road from the house where the Davies brothers grew up on Fortis Green is a house called Fairport. This was the family home of Simon Nicol, and his band, Fairport Convention, was named after it.
Michael Mcintyre (comedian) lives in Muswell Hill, near Sainsbury's (according to the TV show Live: At The Apollo)
Adam Ant (born Stuart Leslie Goddard) briefly lived in Muswell Hill with his wife and her parents.
Mike Leigh, the film director, lives in Muswell Hill.
The serial killer Dennis Nilsen carried out some of his murders in 23 Cranley Gardens in Muswell Hill during the 1980s. He lived in the top floor flat.
In the popular 1970s BBC TV comedy series Porridge, the principal character, Norman Stanley Fletcher, played by Ronnie Barker, hailed from Muswell Hill. In one episode he returns home briefly and is busted as a resident of Fortis Green Avenue, where the police station stands on the corner... In the short-lived sequel Going Straight, Fletcher returned to live in the neighbourhood after his release from HMP Slade, though in that series external shots suggested that his house was in Colney Hatch Lane, opposite the top of Muswell Road.
Maureen Lipman has been a long-time resident.
The snooker player Anthony Hamilton currently lives in Muswell Hill.
Star of Pirates of the Caribbean and The Office (UK) Mackenzie Crook currently lives in Muswell Hill.
The Russian ex-KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko who died in 2006 from polonium-210 radiation poisoning lived in Muswell Hill. He lived in Osier Crescent.
Children's author Gary Crombie currently resides on Pages Lane in Muswell Hill
Sociologist Eric Gordy relocated to the area in June 2008.
Vivian Stanshall, artist, poet, writer, performer, and a founding member of Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, made his last home in Muswell Hill, dying there in a fire in March 1995. His wife, the novelist Ki Longfellow-Stanshall often lived there with him.
Crouch End Festival Chorus (founded 1984) famous for performances at BBC Proms, multiple film scores, and promotion of its own concerts of varied classical and modern music rehearse at Fortismere School every Friday night.
Oliver Tambo, ANC leader, lived in exile with his family in Alexandra Park Road from 1960 to 1990. There is a bust of Oliver Tambo in Albert Road Recreation Ground and a plaque on the house where he lived with his family on the corner of Alexandra Park Road and Windermere Road.
Muswell Hill Golf Club (Par 71, 6438 yards) was founded in 1893, and is still played on today.
Ed Byrne and Michael Mcintyre, the comedians, both have mentioned living in the Muswell Hill area.
90s TV funnyman Bob Mills of 'In Bed With Me Dinner' fame lives in Muswell Hill.
The artist Ben Wilson is often seen around Muswell Hill Broadway painting Chewing Gum masterpieces
Actor Daniel Brocklebank (Shakespeare in Love, RSC, Emmerdale, The Hole) also lives in Muswell Hill.