St John's Wood

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For the Australian locality, see St John's Wood, Queensland.
St John's Wood
St John's Wood is located in Greater London
St John's Wood
St John's Wood
 St John's Wood shown within Greater London
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Region London
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Postcode district NW8
Dialling code 020
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Coordinates: 51°32′10″N 0°10′30″W / 51.5361°N 0.1751°W / 51.5361; -0.1751

St. John's Wood High Street

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.[1]

It is a very affluent neighbourhood,[2] with the area postcode (NW8) ranked by Forbes magazine as the 5th most expensive postcode in London based on the average home price in 2007.[3]

In 2013, the price of housing in St John's Wood reached exceptional levels. Avenue Road had more than 10 large mansions/villas for sale. The most expensive had an asking price of £65 million, with the cheapest at £15 million. The remainder were around £25 million.

History[edit]

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,[4] but it remains a highly desirable residential district, and one of the most expensive areas of London.[5]

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.[6][7][8]

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.[9] 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.[10]

Education[edit]

For education in St John's Wood, see List of schools in the City of Westminster.

The area has various schools:

  • Robinsfield Infant School
  • Saint Christinas Primary School
  • Barrow Hill Junior School
  • George Elliot Primary School
  • Quintin Kynaston Secondary School
  • The American School in London

Places of worship[edit]

St John's Wood has a range of places of worship.

Christian
Jewish
  • The Liberal Jewish Synagogue
  • The New London Synagogue
  • Saatchi Shul
Muslim

Transport and locale[edit]

Nearest places

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.

The nearest London Overground station is South Hampstead

Notable residents[edit]

Past and present residents of the area include:[6][7][8][9]

See also

Category:People from St John's Wood

St John's Wood in literature and music[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The St. John's Wood Society. St John’s Wood History. Retrieved 24 January 2011
  2. ^ Sherwood, Bob (7 April 2010). "Affluent enclave sitting on political front line". Financial Times. 
  3. ^ "In Pictures: London's Most Expensive Postcodes". Forbes. 
  4. ^ a b 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
  5. ^ "U.K.'s Most Expensive Postcodes". Forbes. 12 December 2007. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Fusion Advertising & Design. "Area Guide to St John's Wood – Property guide to St John's Wood from". ludlowthompson.com. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  7. ^ a b 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. 
  8. ^ a b "St John's Wood in the area". Cwh.org.uk. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  9. ^ a b 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. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ a b c "St. John's Wood". Cwhr.co.uk. 
  12. ^ O'Toole, Leagues (2006). The Humours of Planxty. Ireland: Hodder Headline. ISBN 03-4083-796-9. 

External links[edit]

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