A prize property: this £10 million Highgate mansion was once home to a Nazi-fighting Nobel Prize winner
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Flex your househunting muscles with this Victorian mansion with its very own blue plaque commemorating its former resident who saved 900 academics from the Nazi regime
You probably haven’t heard of A.V. Hill, but if you’ve ever ridden a bike, watched the football or lifted a finger, you should thank him. Archibald Hill took home the shared Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine prize in 1922 for his work illuminating muscle physiology which ultimately established biophysics as a discipline.
A year later in 1923, Hill moved to the crescent-shaped home where he would live until 1967 at 16 Bishopswood Road, Highgate, now on the market for a cool £10 million with Savills. During his time there guests included distinguished friends such as scientist, Stephen Hawking, neurologist, Sigmund Freud and his brother-in-law and economist, John Maynard Keynes.
Prior to the Second World War, Hill was a member of the committee that established the Radar detection system, and he worked with Welfare State pioneer, William Beveridge, and physicist, Ernest Rutherford, on the original form of the Society for the Protection of Science and Learning. During the Second World War, Hill worked as an independent MP during which time he denounced the Nazi regime for its hounding of scientists, and as part of the Society he rescued at least 900 exiled academics to allow them to work in the UK.
Since his departure from Bishopswood Road, the property was owned by Highgate School where Hill served as a governor, and was developed into flats. The Blue plaque was awarded by English Heritage in 2015
The renovated red brick building as it now stands was interior designed by Hampstead local Rachel Winham, whose showroom is on Pond Street. It boasts three formal reception rooms and two family rooms as well as a modern SieMatic family kitchen with appliances by Gaggenau. The Victorian home offers a master suite spanning the entire first floor with custom furniture, his’n’hers dressing rooms and bathrooms, and Aquavision TVs. The five further bedrooms are all ensuite with bathrooms designed for different ‘moods’. No luxury has been spared in the home which also benefits from a pool and spa complex, gym, bar and cinema room in the basement.
Those tired after their workout can take the lift upstairs, or relax in the landscaped garden and terraces featuring beautiful 1920s trees. The home also has quarters for staff and a laundry room, whilst cars are provided for with space on the carriage drive and in the garage.
Bishopswood Road, Highgate, N6 is on the market for £10,000,000 with Savills.