St John's Wood
St John's Wood is a district of north-west London, in the City of Westminster, and on the north-west side of Regent's Park. It is about 2.5 miles (4 km) north-west of Charing Cross. Once part of the Great Middlesex Forest, it was later owned by the Knights of St John of Jerusalem.
As of 2013, the price of housing in St John's Wood has reached exceptional levels. The most premier road in the area, Avenue Road, has more than 10 large mansions/villas for sale. The most expensive has an asking price of £65 million, with the cheapest on the market at an asking price of £15 million. The remainder hover around the £25 million mark.
St John's Wood was developed from the early 19th century onwards. It was one of the first London suburbs to be developed with a large amount of low density "villa" housing, as opposed to the terraced housing which was the norm in London up to the 19th century, even in expensive districts. Parts of St John's Wood have been rebuilt at a higher density, but it remains a highly desirable residential district, and one of the most expensive areas of London.
St John's Wood is the location of Lord's Cricket Ground, home of Middlesex County Cricket Club and of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), and the original headquarters of cricket. It is also famous for Abbey Road Studios and the street Abbey Road, where The Beatles recorded, notably the Abbey Road album, the cover of which features the band crossing the road. Sir Paul McCartney has owned a property in the area since the 1960s and is often seen strolling along St John's Wood High Street.
Philosopher A.J. Ayer was born and grew up in the area, as did chef Clarissa Dickson Wright, whose former home was later home to model Kate Moss. Actor Damian Lewis was born in St John's Wood. The Rolling Stones referred to it in their song "Play With Fire". Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones lived on Carlton Hill, at the western side of St John's Wood, in the 1960s, as detailed in his 2010 autobiography, "Life". The director, wit and physician Sir Jonathan Miller was born into a wealthy family in the area. The British World War II flier Douglas Bader was born in St John's Wood.
The King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery was formerly based at St John's Wood Barracks. The regiment moved to Woolwich on 6 February 2012; the barracks is to be demolished and developed as housing.
The area has various schools:
Robinsfield Infant School
Saint Christinas Primary School
Barrow Hill Primary School
George Elliot Primary School
Quintin Kynaston Secondary School
Places of worship
St John's Wood has a range of places of worship.
- Abbey Road Baptist Church
- St John's Wood Church (Church of England)
- St Mark's Church, Hamilton Terrace (Church of England)
- The Church of Our Lady (Roman Catholic)
- The Liberal Jewish Synagogue
- The New London Synagogue
- Saatchi Shul
Transport and locale
- Nearest places
- Belsize Park to the north-east
- Hampstead to the north
- Kilburn to the north-west
- Lisson Grove to the south
- Maida Vale to the south-west
- Marylebone to the south
- Primrose Hill to the east
- Regents Park to the south
- Swiss Cottage to the north
The nearest London Underground stations are St John's Wood, Swiss Cottage—on the Jubilee Line; Maida Vale, Marylebone Station and Warwick Avenue—on the Bakerloo Line; and Baker Street on Bakerloo Line, Jubilee Line, Hammersmith & City Line, Metropolitan Line and Circle Line.
- Michael Algar – musician and songwriter
- Lily Allen – musician
- David Alliance, Baron Alliance – businessman and politician
- Chili Bouchier - actress
- Sir Richard Branson – entrepreneur, founder of Virgin Group
- Sarah Burton – fashion designer
- Charles Bradlaugh – founder and first president of the National Secular Society lived at 20, Circus Road, house since demolished, now St John's Wood library
- James Caan – entrepreneur
- Christabel Cockerell – British painter
- Clarissa Dickson Wright – chef
- Vanessa Feltz – broadcaster
- Andy Fletcher – musician (Depeche Mode)
- Leonard N. Fowles – organist/composer
- Lucian Freud – artist
- Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau – member of the Dutch Royal Family (Wellington Hospital)
- Sidney Frank Godley VC – soldier, school caretaker
- Avram Grant – football manager
- Daphne Guinness – socialite
- Tony Hicks - musician
- Stephen Hough – concert pianist
- Andy Irvine:35 – Irish folk musician
- Kia Joorabchian – businessman
- Nigel Kennedy – violinist
- Imran Khan – cricketer, and Pakistani politician
- Lillie Langtry – actress
- John Lawford – Royal Navy officer
- Damian Lewis – actor
- Sir John Major – former British Prime Minister
- Terry Manning – music producer
- Sir Paul McCartney – musician
- Ewan McGregor – actor
- Jonathan Rhys Meyers – actor
- Sir Jonathan Miller – writer, opera director, physiologist and sculptor
- Kate Moss – model
- Alex Prior – singer/composer
- Keith Richards – rock musician and songwriter
- Mel Smith – actor, lived in the area until his sudden death in July 2013
- Gregg Sulkin – actor
- Sachin Tendulkar – cricketer
- Princess Marie-Esméralda of Belgium – member of the Belgian Royal Family
- See also
St John's Wood in literature and music
- St John's Wood is the home of fictional characters Bingo and Rosie Little in P. G. Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster books.
- Irene Adler lives there (in Briony Lodge on Serpentine Avenue) in Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes story "A Scandal in Bohemia".
- In the first instalment of John Galsworthy's The Forsyte Saga, The Man of Property, Young Jolyon lives on fictional Wistaria Avenue with his second wife and family.
- Referenced in the Rolling Stones song, Play with Fire, released in 1965.
- Setting of Howard Jacobson's book The Making of Henry. In Jacobson's 2010 Man Booker Prize winning novel The Finkler Question, St John's Wood is the planned location for the Museum of Anglo-Jewish Culture.
- Count and Countess Fosco live at No. 5 Forest Road, St. John's Wood in Wilkie Collins's 1859 sensation novel "The Woman in White".
- The St. John's Wood Society. St John’s Wood History. Retrieved 24 January 2011
- Sherwood, Bob (7 April 2010). "Affluent enclave sitting on political front line". Financial Times.
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- Elrington, C R (Editor); Baker, T F T; Bolton, Diane K; Croot, Patricia E C, "A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 9, p.60–63" British-History.ac.uk, 1989. Retrieved 24 January 2011
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- Fusion Advertising & Design. "Area Guide to St John's Wood – Property guide to St John's Wood from". ludlowthompson.com. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
- Mendoza, Nadia; Eriksen, Alanah (10 October 2011). "Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell wedding: Kate Moss and Ronnie Wood last to leave". Daily Mail. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
- "St John's Wood in the area". Cwh.org.uk. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
- Siobhan Mcfadyen (3 June 2011). "Inside the home Kate Moss can't sell: What's putting buyers off – the flooding? Location? Or is it the jungle-themed living room?". Daily Mail. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
- Ross Lydall (6 February 2012). "Final salute: St John's Wood bids farewell to the King's Troop after two centuries – UK – News". Evening Standard. London. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
- "St. John's Wood". Cwhr.co.uk.
- O'Toole, Leagues (2006). The Humours of Planxty. Ireland: Hodder Headline. ISBN 03-4083-796-9.
Media related to St. John's Wood at Wikimedia Commons
- History of St John's Wood
- Map of St John's Wood and the surrounding districts
- stjohnswoodhighstreet.co.uk & stjohnswoodhighstreet.com (advertising & marketing)