Primrose Hill

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Template:Other uses Template:Infobox UK place Primrose Hill is a hill of Template:Convert<ref name=mills>Mills, A., Dictionary of London Place Names, (2001)</ref> located on the northern side of Regent's Park in London, and also the name given to the surrounding district. The hill has a clear view of central London to the south-east, as well as Belsize Park and Hampstead to the north. It is one of the most exclusive and expensive residential areas in London and is home to many prominent residents.<ref name="Knight Frank & Rutley">Knight Frank & Rutley, Londons Top 10 Expensive Areas 2011</ref>

History

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Panoramic view of London from Primrose Hill

Like Regent's Park, Primrose Hill was once part of a great chase appropriated by Henry VIII. Later, in 1841, it became Crown property and in 1842 an Act of Parliament secured the land as public open space. The built up part of Primrose Hill consists mainly of Victorian terraces. It has always been one of the more fashionable districts in the urban belt that lies between the core of London and the outer suburbs, and remains expensive and prosperous. Primrose Hill is an archetypal example of a successful London urban village, due to the location and the quality of its socio-historical development. In October 1678 Primrose Hill was the scene of the mysterious murder of Edmund Berry Godfrey, and in 1792 the radical Unitarian poet and antiquarian Iolo Morganwg (Edward Williams).

Notable residents past and present

  • Kingsley Amis, novelist
  • Martin Amis, novelist
  • Adam Ant, singer-songwriter and actor
  • Hayley Atwell, actress
  • Richard Bacon, broadcaster
  • Joan Bakewell, journalist and broadcaster
  • Sarah Barrand, actress Footballers Wives
  • Alan Bennett, author
  • Sophie Ellis-Bextor, singer and songwriter
  • Helena Bonham Carter, actress
  • Alain de Botton, philosopher
  • Charles Brasch, notable New Zealand poet, editor, and cultural critic
  • Tony Burman, former managing director of Al Jazeera English
  • Tim Burton, film director
  • Simon Callow, actor
  • Neneh Cherry, singer and songwriter
  • Jeremy Clarkson, TV presenter
  • John Cleese, actor
  • Alan Colquhoun, architect and critic
  • Daniel Craig, actor
  • Percy Dearmer, vicar and Anglican liturgist
  • Agyness Deyn, supermodel
  • Friedrich Engels, political philosopher and co-author of The Communist Manifesto
  • Sadie Frost, actress and co-owner of fashion label Frost French
  • Kate Garner, singer, photographer
  • Eva Green, actress
  • Nick Grimshaw, DJ and television presenter
  • Sarah Harding, singer
  • Henry Holland, fashion designer
  • Kate Hudson, actress
  • Ted Hughes, poet
  • Enrique Iglesias, Spanish singer
  • Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
  • Jude Law, actor
  • Daisy Lowe, model
  • Stephen Mangan, actor and comedian
  • Terry Manning, music producer
  • Scott Maslen, actor EastEnders & The Bill
  • John McCririck, horse racing pundit
  • Ian McKay, writer and academic
  • Cameron McVey, music producer
  • Deborah Meaden, businesswoman and Dragon's Den panelist
  • David Miliband, former Foreign Secretary
  • Ed Miliband, former Energy Secretary and present leader of the Labour Party
  • Jonny Lee Miller, actor
  • Sienna Miller, actress
  • Morrissey, singer and songwriter
  • Kate Moss, fashion model
  • Sophie Muller, director
  • Jamie and 'Jools' Oliver, celebrity chef and his wife
  • Rita Ora, singer
  • Robert Plant, rock singer and songwriter, lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin
  • Sylvia Plath, poet
  • Finley Quaye singer-songwriter
  • Gavin Rossdale, musician, member of Bush
  • Alan Rickman, actor
  • Fiona Shaw, Irish actress
  • Geoffrey Shaw, composer and organist of St Mary's, Primrose Hill
  • Martin Shaw, composer and organist of St Mary's, Primrose Hill
  • Jon Snow, news broadcaster
  • Sharleen Spiteri, singer, songwriter, guitarist and lead vocalist of Texas
  • Gwen Stefani, musician, member of No Doubt
  • Rachel Stevens, actress, singer, model, former member of S Club
  • Harry Styles, singer, member of One Direction
  • Russell Tovey, actor Being Human
  • Rachel Weisz, actress
  • Herbert William Weekes, British genre and animal painter
  • Sophie Winkleman, actor
  • W. B. Yeats, poet

See also

  • Primrose Hill railway station
  • Primrose Hill set

References

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External links

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