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WHERE WE LIVE
We live in a place called Muswell Hill, which is an Edwardian suburb of London about 6 miles due North of Trafalgar Square, which is usually counted as the middle of London.

It takes about half an hour to drive into town from here. The name Muswell Hill is thought to come from Moss Well, a natural spring which attracted pilgrims to the area in the middle ages, and the source of which lies beneath a house a few minutes walk from ours.

Our house was built in 1903. It's a typical Edwardian London terrace, built originally for the families of clerks and other middle managers working in the banking area of the City of London and commuting to work via the railway which, in 1903, had been newly routed here.

From Ben's bedroom window, you can see Alexandra Palace, which is just 5 minutes walk away.

This is not, as you might think, a Royal Palace, but a giant steel and glass exhibition and event arena, first opened in 1875 and since twice rebuilt after being destroyed by fire, the last time in 1980.

The most famous thing about it though, is that it was from a room in the Palace that the world's first ever high definition broadcast TV service was transmitted, on November 2, 1936.

There isn't much to mark the fact, apart from this blue plaque on the wall.

In the aerial photo below (courtesy of Multimap), the Palace is the large building on the right hand side, and our house is away towards the left.