The origins of Muswell Hill:
- It was named by the Bishop of London after he gave the land that was mossy or had possessed a spring. It was in the 12th century and the recipients were the Priory of St. Mary, Clerkenwall, an Augustinian priory. Its main purpose was as farmland; however, news of its supposed healing properties attracted a lot of pilgrims to visit the site it was on.
- It was an important piece of Roman Britain. It was governed by the Romans through the Highgate plateau; evidence of a road and a settlement has been found in the form of Roman coins and the remains of pottery. It was believed that it may have been part of a trade route, as well as once belonging to the Forest of Middlesex a long, long time ago.
- A testament to its close location to the forested areas was proven by its post-Roman history; it was believed that the Bishop of London held his residence near the area, and Muswell Hill may have been part of a park of his manor. It was also believed to have been property of that manor along with boundaries and demarcations shared with Highgate and Finchley (in the modern era).
- Urbanization started no later than after the Civil War. Changes were evident in Highgate, which had sprung up to become a modern town and county; Muswell Hill, for its part, gained urbanized amenities like chapels and various schools. Consequently, academics, actors, business people, politicians, and writers began to make their way to the burgeoning suburb to settle down.
Even in the ancient days, Muswell Hill was a melting pot of people and business persons alike.