Renters Farm

Farm in/near Hendon Central, existing until 1920

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View along Shirehall Lane, in the vicinity of Renter's Farm, towards the acqueduct in 1920. Photo by W. Briggs.

Near to where Brent Cross Shopping Centre is today was a farm called Renter's. It was situated in Shirehall Lane close to Shire Hall, Hendon.

The Renter's estate was owned by the priory of St Bartholomew, Smithfield, London. The priory’s Hendon estate consisted around 1538 of 15 fields, crofts, and meadows, and some woodland, north of the Clitterhouse estate. It probably became known as Renter's after the freehold was held for a farm by Geoffrey le Renter in 1309. Geoffrey le Renter was recorded as holding a freehold estate in 1321, along with 'Bourncroft', perhaps the same location as 'Bone Croft', which lay a short distance north of Renters farmhouse.

The manor was granted by the king in 1543, along with the manor of Edgware Boys, to Sir John Williams and Antony Stringer. They in turn granted it in 1548, together with a barn, 30 acres of arable land, 40 acres of meadow, 60 acres of pasture, and 26 acres of wood, to Sir Roger Cholmley, a judge, who in 1565 left it to his servant and clerk Jasper Cholmley.

In 1682 the manor was transfered by William Cholmley of Teddington, Jasper’s descendant, to Jerome Newbolt, great-grandfather of J. M. Newbolt of Winchester, who held it in 1795. Manorial rights had already been extinguished and in 1796 Newbolt’s estate, no longer described as a manor, consisted of 12 fields.

Until the 17th century much of Renter's was woodland, which was used for making charcoal in the Tudor period.

The estate was tenanted in 1795 by P. Rundell, a London goldsmith, and after his death in 1827 by his great-nephew Joseph Neeld, a solicitor, who had married the eldest daughter of John Bond and had bought houses and land in Brent Street and Burroughs Lane from Joseph Crosse Crooke in 1809.

At the close of the nineteenth century, the area directly around the farmhouse was used for Hendon Sewage Works.

By the beginning of the 20th century, Sir John Neeld had acquired a large block of land in Hendon stretching south from the Burroughs to Park Road and including part of the old Renter's property. His land was developed for housing by Sir Audley Dallas Neeld, grandson of Joseph Neeld, who succeeded in 1900.

Many of the roads developed then, and later in the 1920s, were named after members of the family including: Vivian Avenue, Dallas, Audley, Elliot, Graham, Rundell, Algernon and Neeld.

The photo shows the view along Shirehall Lane, in the vicinity of Renter's Farm, towards the acqueduct in 1920. Photo by W. Briggs.

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Brent Cross

Brent Cross tube station is on the Edgware branch of the Northern Line, between Hendon Central and Golders Green. The Brent Cross shopping centre is nearby.

The station was designed by architect Stanley Heaps and opened as Brent on the 19 November 1923, the first station on the extension of what was then known as the Hampstead & Highgate Line through undeveloped rural areas to Edgware. The extension had first been planned prior to World War I when the station had been due to be called Woodstock. It was renamed from Brent to its current name on the 20 July 1976 opening of the shopping centre.

Brent Farm:   Brent Farm, a small farm known from the 1750s onwards was a mushroom farm by 1902.
Brent Street:   The largest hamlet of Hendon parish was Brent Street. It retained its identity until the late 19th, when building linked it with Church End and the Burroughs.
Foster House:   Foster House and Brent Lodge were two 18th-century brick houses at the corner of Butcher's Lane and Brent Street. Butcher's Lane later became Queen’s Road
Hendon Central:   Hendon Central tube station is on the Edgware branch of the Northern Line.
Hendon Central circus:   By 1906, Sir Audley Neeld was building on the land - the future Hendon Central - that had been Renter’s Farm.
Hendon Fever Hospital:   Hendon Fever Hospital was an isolation unit in the area of today's Brent Cross.
Hendon Greyhound Stadium:   Hendon Greyhound Stadium was situated on the North Circular road in North London and opened its gates for racing on 5th March 1935 making it one of the later tracks in London.
Hendon House:   Hendon House was a gabled building built probably in the 16th century.
Hendon Park:   Hendon Park, totalling 12 hectares, between Queens Road (formerly Butchers Lane) and Shire Hall Lane was created by Hendon Urban District Council in 1903.
Shire Hall:   In the lane leading to Renter’s Farm, Shire Hall was mentioned in 1712, rebuilt in the Renaissance manner c. 1850, and demolished c.1920.

Brent Cross roundabout:   A picture of the Brent Cross junction taken in 1947. Brent Cross junction was formed at the junction of the new roads Hendon Way (A41) and North Circular Road and built in the mid-1920s
Brent Cross sewage works:   At the beginning of the 20th century the whole Brent Cross area was a veritable moot point for waterways and sewage systems. Hendon Urban District Council had sewage farms, initially on the southbank of the Brent and later on the north. The site was closed in the 1930s, the area’s sewage being pumped down to Mogden Purification Works in Isleworth
Greyhound Hill:   The photo was taken in 1912, looking down the hill towards Hendon Aerodrome. From this spot, Hendon residents could get a free view of the aerobatic displays when they took place.
Hendon Central (1923):   Photographed in 1923, this stretch of Butchers Lane would soon become Hendon Central Circus and have Watford Way built along the route of the old lane.
Hendon Central (1928):   Photographed in 1928, this stretch of Watford Way at Hendon Central Circus had recently been built along ancient Butchers Lane and shops were rapidly lining its sides. The United Dairies occupied the domed building, a prestigeous site.

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