Ballards Lane, N3

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Ballards Lane was the conduit by which Finchley urbanised northwards.

Ballards Lane is an ancient road which was probably named after the Ballard family of about 1300. It did not always run north to the High Road and for many centuries it terminated near where Victoria Park is today.

Finchley’s earliest settlement grew up around the church on the edge of the boulder clay at Church End, where there was well-water and the land (282 ft. at the church) was far enough from Dollis brook to be safe from flooding. Houses were mentioned in the earliest records, from the 13th century. Conveyances often involved land in Hendon and Finchley, and settlement may have spread northward from Hendon along Hendon Lane and Ballards Lane. Meadow land along Dollis Brook bordered arable, although probably not open-field, land.

There were a few houses near the church, including the rectory. To the west, on the edge of the gravel, was the medieval Grotes farm. Ballards Lane and Nether Street, each with its medieval houses, carried the settlement northward. Early houses included Kentesgarden (1398), Warren’s Gift (1489), the church-house (1547) and clerk’s house (1561), and the ’ancient’ Holly Cottage, all in Church End. A house was built at Abbottesgarden in Ballards Lane between 1467 and 1498. Others in Ballards Lane included Bakers (1501), perhaps the later White or Grove House which Henry Stephens, inventor of the ink and father of Henry Charles Stephens, bought in 1844. Little Angells (1633), and Critchendell House (17th century) were also in Ballards Lane.

In 1614, 28 people in Church End, Ballards Lane, and Nether Street were assessed for poor-rates. In 1664 31 were assessed for hearth tax in Church End and Nether Street, the largest houses being those of Richard Utber (17 hearths) and widow Hayton (11). Ballards Lane was assessed with Whetstone.

Much building or rebuilding took place from the 17th century. In Ballards Lane a cottage was described as newly built in 1646. Sellars Hall was pulled down in 1680 and rebuilt soon afterwards, and Gibbs was described as newly built in 1690. The Red Lion had been built by 1717, Finchley Hall by 1719, and Willow Lodge in 1727. The King of Prussia, formerly the King’s Head, was licensed by 1731. A new house and coachhouse stood on the site of a cottage in Ballards Lane in 1765 and Cornwell House was built on the site of Critchendell House in 1795. Wentworth Lodge replaced an earlier house in the early 19th century.

In 1756 a raised way was constructed from the end of Ballards Lane to the High Road, then the Great North Road, making North Finchley a junction. This suggests that Ballards Lane had already become a link in a route from London via Hendon to the Great North Road.

Londoners had been attracted to Finchley since the Middle Ages, to invest in land and also as residents. In 1625 a citizen moved there to avoid the plague and there were many like Sir Thomas Harris who lived in Ballards Lane in 1775. About the time of the enclosure, Finchley was described as small but respectable, with many detached buildings, and also as a straggling village. There were many elms, especially around Nether Street, and weatherboarded cottages alternated with more substantial brick and stuccoed houses.

There was a beer house in 1814, licensed to provide gunpowder and shot, near the junction. The name Tally Ho came in the 1830s when a coaching company of the same name based a staging post of 16 horses on the corner. But it was later, with the enclosure of Finchley Common after 1816 and the creation of the Finchley Road turnpike along Ballards Lane in the late 1820s, that beginnings of a suburb were sparked.

Source: Finchley: Introduction | British History Online



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Dormers Wells

Dormers Wells or Dormer's Wells is a neighbourhood consisting of a grid of mostly semi-detached or terraced houses with gardens and small parks.

Until urban/suburban development in the mid 20th century this area formed a small, east part of the Precinct of Norwood a relatively rare half subdivision of the large parish of Hayes.

Southall and Norwood manors in much of the medieval period belonged to the Archbishop of Canterbury hence giving the Norwood quasi-chapelry — virtually all a mixed agricultural area which covered today's Dormer's Wells, Norwood Green and Southall — the higher, less alienable status of a precinct.

The 12th century founded, much-altered chapel is St Mary's Church, Norwood Green.

St John's Church, Southall was built and endowed in 1838; consecrated in three years and made a parish in 1850. Nine years later Norwood precinct was created a parish separate from that of Hayes.

Further Anglican churches followed: Holy Trinity, St George, Christ the Redeemer and Emmanuel none are named after this area.

In 1800 the precinct's overshot flour mill on the edge of the fields associated with "Dorman's Well Farm" belonged to the Hayes manorial estate, the main manor in the parish. At that date it stood, together with a house and other property, at Dorman's Well. The overshot mill, comprising a mill, house, millpond, and land, was owned by the Earl of Jersey in 1821 (Villiers family seated at nearby Osterley Park) and in the 1860s stood, as before, on Windmill Lane at Dorman's Well.

In the late 20th century migration into the area included part of London's Sikh community, who established a large community building and venue for public hire, the Baba Wadbhag Singh Trust building.


LOCATIONS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Akiva School:   Akiva is a one-form independent (fee-paying) school in a three-storey former convent school building on the Manor House site in Finchley.
Chalgrove Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 4 and 11.
Cobley’s Farm:   Cobley’s Farm, also known as Fallow Farm, stood near to the "elbow" of Bow Lane.
Dormers Wells:   Dormers Wells or Dormer's Wells is a neighbourhood consisting of a grid of mostly semi-detached or terraced houses with gardens and small parks.
Leo Baeck College:   Leo Baeck College is a privately funded rabbinical seminary and centre for the training of teachers in Jewish education.
Lovers Walk, N3:   Lovers Walk is an old thoroughfare which was never upgraded to become a road in its own right,
Moss Hall Infant School:   Moss Hall Infant School accepts children between the ages of 5 and 7.
Moss Hall Junior School:   Moss Hall Junior School is a mixed community school which accepts students between the ages of 7 and 11.
St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School:   St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School is a mixed school which accepts students between the ages of 4 and 11.


NEARBY STREETS AND BUILDINGS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Amberden Avenue, N3 · Ballards Lane, N3 · Berkeley Court, N3 · Broughton Avenue, N3 · Brownlow Road, N3 · Charter Way, N3 · Chaville Way, N3 · Claigmar Gardens, N3 · Claverley Grove, N3 · Claverley Villas, N3 · Cornwall Avenue, N3 · Court House Gardens, N3 · Cyprus Gardens, N3 · Dorset Mews, N3 · East End Road, N3 · Edge Hill Avenue, N3 · Essex Park, N3 · Falkland Avenue, N3 · Finchley Court, N3 · Great North Way, N3 · Grove Avenue, N3 · Gruneisen Road, N3 · Hendon Lane, N3 · Hervey Close, N3 · Hillcrest Gardens, N3 · Holly Park Gardens, N3 · Holmwood Gardens, N3 · Howcroft Crescent, N3 · Huntly Drive, N3 · Kingsgate Avenue, N3 · Kingswood Park, N3 · Latymer Gardens, N3 · Long Lane, N3 · Manor View, N3 · Millers Yard, N3 · Nether Close, N3 · Nether Street, N3 · North Circular Road, N2 · Northumberland House, N3 · Oakfield Road, N3 · Park View Road, N3 · Parkside, N3 · Popes Drive, N3 · Princes Avenue, N3 · Rectory Close, N3 · Redbourne Avenue, N3 · Regents Park Road, N3 · Saint Paul’s Way, N3 · Salisbury Avenue, N3 · Seymour Road, N3 · Shakespeare Road, N3 · St Marys Avenue, N3 · St Michael’s Close, N3 · St Pauls Way, N3 · Stuart Court, N3 · Templars Crescent, N3 · Templars Cresent, N3 · The Grove, N3 · The Ridgeway, N3 · Tillingbourne Gardens, N3 · Tillingbourne Way, N3 · Upper Cavendish Avenue, N3 · Victoria Avenue, N3 · Vines Avenue, N3 · Wentworth Avenue, N3 · Wentworth Close, N3 · Wentworth Park, N3 · West Avenue, N3 · Willow Way, N3 · Windsor Close, N3 · Windsor Road, N3 ·

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TRANSPORTATION
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DAILY LIFE
Good
SAFETY
Good
HEALTH
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SPORTS AND LEISURE
Good
ENTERTAINMENT
Excellent
DEMOGRAPHICS
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